The historic Powerball prize claimed by a MA woman this week has focused new attention on the state lottery, a vital, if not always well understood, cog in state and local government.
"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax", Mavis L. Wanczyk told reporters at a news conference. Officers have spoken to neighbors to tell them that if they see anything suspicious, they should call the police, he said.
Wanczyk worked for 32 years in a clerical job in the nursing department at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, the hospital said. She bought three tickets with numbers she chose along with two computer-generated tickets.
The 20-year-old store clerk at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee sold the ticket to the 53-year-old hospital worker who came up with the winning combination of numbers. Kaur did an interview with GMA around 7am and said she was happy they are the winning store.
The lottery corrected the site where the single winning ticket was sold to Chicopee, Massachusetts.
A mad rush for tickets pushed on Wednesday's jackpot up from an originally announced $650 million as lines formed out of shopping malls and grocery stores, Powerball said.
"I purchased five tickets, and it wasn't until I checked the last ticket that I knew I was a victor", said Clouser, who is married with four children.
One ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven store at 81 Beach Road in Hampton.
Michael Sweeney, the lottery's executive director explains they had a "couple of excited people at 1 o'clock in the morning" but said if there's any blame to be placed, the buck stops with him. He said among his 30 locations in western MA and northern CT, he's sold four $1 million-winning tickets and one $4 million-lucky ticket.
Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
It snapped a string of 20 consecutive draws without a Powerball jackpot victor.
Amid all the talk about sudden wealth, it's easy to forget that the objective of Powerball is to raise money for government programs in the 44 states where the game is played, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to the official Powerball website, the next jackpot to be awarded Saturday night is valued at $40 million.