$758.7 Million US Powerball Jackpot Largest Won by Single Ticket
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee Massachusetts won the $758.7 million US Powerball jackpot on 23 August 2017. Wanczyk was the sole jackpot winner and opted for the lump sum cash payment over the annuitized payments over 29 years. After taxes, she will take home $336,350,655.

“My pipe dream came true!”

Mavis Wanczyk, her friends call her Mave, is a 53-year-old mother of two and hospital worker who had worked at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts for 32 years. She has already informed her employer that she will not be returning. She is a regular lottery player and found out she had won in the parking lot outside her work with a few coworkers as they were checking their entries against the results.

“‘It’s never going to be me, it’s just a pipe dream I’ve always had,'” she recalled thinking to herself as they talked about the Powerball draw.

“And he’s reading these numbers and I pull mine out and I go ‘hey, I have that …’ and he goes ‘let me see that ticket,’ he goes, ‘you just won.'”

She said he thought he was joking, but then he told her no, “sign that ticket now.”
Wanczyk’s win is the largest ever by a single ticket. The largest Powerball and lottery jackpot ever was the $1.6 billion jackpot that was won in January 2016 by three people. The $758.7 million jackpot had been growing since June 10th when a single ticket from California took the entire $448 million jackpot. The jackpot rolled over 20 times to reach its historic $758.7 million size.

Wanczyk’s winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number was 4. She purchased five tickets in total from a gas station and selected numbers for three of them using birthdays and other personally significant numbers. The remaining two tickets were Quick Pick selections. Wanczyk’s winning ticket was not a Quick Pick entry, but a personal selection.

Tweaking the Formula

In October 2015 the Multi State Lottery Association, the body that administers Powerball, tweaked the game to make it easier to win smaller prizes but harder to win the jackpot. Six of the top ten Powerball jackpots have occurred since then, including the $1.6 billion whopper of a jackpot in January 2016.
The higher jackpots have translated to higher interest in the game and led to increased ticket sales. According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotter ticket sales in 2016 totaled more than $80 billion in the US, a $7 billion increase from the previous year.

The World Plays Powerball Online

Interest in Powerball is not limited to the United States. Powerball’s jackpots are typically the largest in the world, often by far. For this reason, lottery players the world over are clamoring to play Powerball online, with official entries, through lottery ticket services such as theLotter. Even more so when the jackpot hits historic highs as it did with Wanczyk’s big win.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to play and win the US Powerball without being a citizen or resident of the United States. TheLotter uses a vetted and approved system to purchase official lottery entries from authorized retailers on behalf of its online players. Tickets are scanned and uploaded to a player’s account as proof of purchase and ownership. The actual, paper ticket is kept in a safe on the company’s premises.

 



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