Winner comes forward for $758.7M Powerball prize

Posted August 25, 2017

Wanczyk revealed in a press conference that she was the victor of the jackpot. She said she couldn't believe it. "I couldn't drive anywhere, I couldn't do anything".

Then she read the number on her ticket and realized she had won. "He followed me to make sure I got safely home". She plans to pay off a new auto she purchased previous year.

"I was there just to buy it for luck", she explained, chewing gum and grinning.

Bob Bolduc, founder of Pride Station & Stores, said during a news conference that the winning ticket was sold around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Powerball said it was "the highest jackpot won on a single ticket and the biggest lottery prize ever awarded to one single person".

The Lottery says Powerball jackpot tickets were also sold in MA in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The winning ticket in Wednesday night's $758 million Powerball jackpot was sold in MA, according to state lottery officials. However, whoever it is won't get their hands on the full jackpot.

The IRS taxes the top income bracket 39.6%. The government will withhold 25% of that before the money ever gets to the victor, and the rest has to be paid at tax time.

The cash option for this prize is an estimated $443.3 million; the winnings can be collected as a lump sum or in 30 annual payments.

Wednesday night's winners have 180 days to claim their prize.

The odds of matching all six numbers are only one in 292.2 million. "The million-dollar winning ticket was bought at Parkway Express, in Lorton".

Winning less than that would have been fine with many, it seemed.

The jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing reached $758.7 million. The jackpot at that time was worth $447.80 million. Or when the lottery roll overs due to lack of a jackpot victor, they don't bother to check to see if they have a secondary prize.

South Carolina Education Lottery officials confirmed the ticket was sold at the Speedway at 509 N. Goose Creek Boulevard.

In a statement early Thursday, McIntyre also says six other tickets won $2 million apiece, and 34 more are worth $1 million.

Wanczyk faced extremely long odds to claim the prize. But it became even more hard recently - thanks to a rule change in October 2015 that tweaked the odds.

The $700 million prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years.