Mavis Wanczyk was revealed as the winner of the largest single Powerball prize in the coutnry's history during a Thursday afternoon press conference. She bought the winning $2 ticket at a Pride gas station store in Chicopee, Mass., around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon as fever over the prize was growing.
Wanczyk said that she was walking out of work at a medical center when a firefighter told her the winning numbers and shared in her life-changing discovery.
"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax," she said of her plans, adding that she picked her numbers, 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and Powerball 4, with a combination of loved ones' birthdays.
If she chooses the lump sump she would receive $443 million...before taxes.
I'm glad she's my closest friend :)
Mavis Wanczyk tragically lost her husband last year in a hit-and-run crash while he was waiting at a bus stop. William Wanczyk was sitting in a bus shelter last November when a crazed driver lost control of his truck and crashed into the bus stop and Wanczyk. Officials said the driver was speeding and the car’s headlights weren’t on.
By the way...The owner of the store that sold the lone winning Powerball ticket says he’s donating the store’s $50,000 prize to several local charities. Bob Bolduc owns the Pride store chain.