A lucky woman who beat the odds of one to 292.2 million by winning a whooping $758 million has quit her job, saying she wants to sit and relax for the moment.
What could be a better decision than that after toiling day and night below minimum wage? Investment experts should know better.
Mavis Wanczyk, the biggest jackpot winner in North American history, has reportedly stepped forward to claim her prize, lottery officials say.
Image: Mavis Wanczyk
History confirms the biggest US Powerball jackpot to be $1.6bn, although that amount was shared by three ticket holders in January 2016.
Mavis, 53, told reporters in an interview that she has resigned from her job. The lucky numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and 4.
The mother-of-two said she bought her lottery ticket at Pride petrol station in Massachusetts.
Carelessly chewing gum during an interview, she said: “The only thing on my mind right now is to sit back and relax.
“I had a pipe dream.. and it came true.”
Interestingly, she revealed to news reporters that the lucky numbers were a collection of her relatives’ birthdays.
The lotto winner has worked for at a Chicopee Medical Center for 32 years. Now she admits wanting to go hide in her bed and never work like she did before.
“I’ve called them and told them I will not be going back,” she said.
Massachusetts State Lottery told reporters the ticket in Wednesday night’s draw had been validated.
When asked about her plans for a luxury life — including treating herself to something exotic which could be a beautiful sports car, she quipped that her new car was purchased barely a year ago.
Her plans? To clear up her debts in full.
Bob Bolbuc, owner of the Pride petrol station said, “The $50,000 prize awarded to the business that sells the winning numbers will be donated to charity.”
An official from Massachusetts State Lottery said Mavis is best described as “your prototypical Massachusetts resident,” adding that she seems like “a hard-working individual.”
“Clearly she’s excited,” he added.
The lady has been stunned since her outrageous win.
“I couldn’t drive anywhere, I couldn’t do anything,” she told reporters.
The total amount won by Mavis will reduce to about $433 after taxes, and the jackpot payout can be made in 29 yearly payments, increasing by 5 percent annually, or at once.
Powerball Product Group chairman Charlie McIntyre said in a statement that six other tickets – sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands – won $2m each.
Thirty-four other tickets across the US scooped $1m.