The woman who purchased the sole winning Powerball ticket has been identified as 53-year-old Mavis L. Wanczyk from Chicopee, Massachusetts, who came forward last Thursday to claim her $758 million jackpot winnings.
Wanczyk purchased the winning Powerball ticket at the Pride Station And Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She becomes the winner of the largest single-ticket Powerball jackpot in history.
Wanczyk, a mother of a daughter and son, says she chose the winning numbers based on her family’s birthdays. She says she does not plan to return to her job at a local hospital.
Lottery officials said Wanczyk chose to take a lump-sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes, the Associated Press reported, rather than a larger amount spread out over many annual payments.
Wanczyk said the first thing she’ll do is take some time off.
I just want to sit back and relax, Wanczyk said. “I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true. I wanted to retire and it came early.”