Winner Of $758 Million Powerball Jackpot Comes Forward To Claim Prize Video



Winning the Lottery


Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee claimed the largest single ticket jackpot in American lottery history.

ONCE WEEKLY TRULICITY.GOOD AFTERNOON. BREAKING NEWS. THE BINER OF THE JACKPOT ISBEING INTRODUCED TO US RIGHTNOW FROM THE MASSACHUSETTSSTATE LOTTERY. AS I SAID, MASSACHUSETTS HASTHE POWERBALL WINNER. THERE IS SUCH BENEFITS TOEVERYBODY, AND, OF COURSE,MAVIS IS IN SHOCK AND NOT INSHOCK. I THINK IF SHE HAD BEEN AMILLION DOLLAR WINNER SHE WOULDHAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY.

VERY HAPPY.THESE ARE HER MOTHER AND HERSISTERS. THEY CAME IN FROM CHICOPEE,MASSACHUSETTS. AS YOU HEARD ME SAY BEFORE. THE LOCAL RETAILER WHO GETS$50,000 HAS COMMITTED THATMONEY TO CHARITY. AND MASSACHUSETTS GETS THE TAXREVENUES, AND ALSO WE GENERATEDSO MUCH FROM THE EXCITEMENT OFTHE BUILDUP TO THE POWERBALLWHICH WE HAVEN’T SEEN IN A YEARAND THREE QUARTERS. BUT I’M INCREDIBLY EXCITED TOINTRODUCE MAVIS TO ALL OF YOU.

AND HERE IS NOT THE REAL CHECK,BUT, COME ON OVER.ARE YOU ALL GOOD?YEA!DO YOU WANT TO SAY A FEWWORDS?MAYBE YOU CAN JUST TELL USHOW IT HAPPENED, HOW YOU FOUNDOUT. ACTUALLY, I JUST HAPPENED TO COULD YOU STEP CLOSER. I JUST HAPPENED TO FIND OUT. I WAS AT WORK. WAS LEAVING WORK AT NIGHT. AND I LEAVE WITH THIS GUY WHOIS A CHICOPEE FIREMAN.

HE SAID, I BET YOU THESENUMBERS ARE BIRTHDAYS.I SAID, YEAH, I KNOW, IT’SNEVER GOING TO BE ME. IT’S JUST A PIPE DREAM. HE WAS READING THESE NUMBERS,AND I WAS GOING, I HAVE THATNUMBER. HE GOES, LET ME SEE THATNUMBER. HE GOES, YOU JUST WON. I GO, YOU JUST JOKING.

HE GOES, SIGN THAT TICKET NOW.I COULDN’T DRIVE. HE FOLLOWED ME TO MAKE SURE IWAS SAFELY HOME TO GO AND LIKETHAT IS HOW I FOUND OUT FROMHIM. Reporter: DID YOU GET WEAKIN THE KNEES OR ANYTHING?HOW DID IT FEEL?A COLLEAGUE FROM WORK?A COLLEAGUE FROM WORK. WHERE DUE WORK?WERE YOU JUST THERE TO BUY ATICKET OR SOMETHING ELSE?I WAS JUST THERE TO BAY ITFOR JUST LUCK. JUST GO IN, SAY, OKAY, MAYBEIT’S ME, MAYBE IT WON’T BE ME. IT’S JUST A CHANCE.

JUST A QUICK PICK?NO, ACTUALLY I CHOSE SOMENUMBERS, THEN I CHOSE TWO QUICKPICKS.WHICH ONE ONE?MY NUMBERS WERE KIND OFBASICALLY RANDOM, MAYBEBIRTHDAYS, ONE FROM HERE, ONEFROM THERE. I JUST, WHATEVER COULD WORK. IT’S A THING BETWEEN ME AND MYMOM, AND MY STEPFATHER, AND IHAVE A FRIEND, WE ALL GO OUT TODINNER ON A FRIDAY NIGHT, ANDWE ALL PLAY CAN KENO, AND OURNUMBER IS 4. CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU’REFEELING NOW?YOUR EMOTIONS WHEN YOU REALIZEDTHAT YOU’RE THE BIG WINNER. LAST NIGHT IT WAS KIND OFLIKE I DIDN’T REALIZE I WON. TODAY AS I’M DRIVING HERE I’MSTILL LIKE, THIS ISN’T TRUETHIS CAN’T BE.

AND THEN NOW IT’S LIKE, I AM AWINNER.I’M SCARED, BUT I WILL BE OKAY. I’M JUST CALMING DOWN. I WANT TO BE JUST ME AND JUSTBE ALONE AND JUST BE ABLE TO BEME AND FIGURE OUT WHAT I WANTTO DO. Reporter: HAVE YOU THOUGHTWHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DOWITH ALL THAT MONEY?THE FIRST THING I WANT TOSIT BACK AND RELAX, AND I HAD APIPE DREAM, AND MY PIPE DREAMHAS FINALLY COME TRUE. I WANTED TO RETIRE AND IT CAMEEARLY. Reporter: WHAT DO YOU DO FORWORK?I WORK CURRENTLY AT MERCYMEDICAL CENTER.

I WAS A PATIENT CARE TYPE OFTHING.Reporter: ARE YOU STILLTHERE?I HAVE CALLED AND TOLD THEMI WILL NOT BE COMING BACK. I THINK YOU DESERVE SOMETIME TO YOURSELF. AS YOU CAN ALL IMAGINE THISIS JUST SOMETHING THAT PEOPLENEVER ANTICIPATE HAPPENING INTHEIR LIVES. AND SO I HAD I SPOKE WITHMAVIS AND HER FAMILY AND SAID,WE WANT TO BE THE AS SUPPORTIVEAS WE POSSIBLY CAN, AND THAT IRECOMMENDED THAT A LOT OFPEOPLE WILL BE COMING AT HER INORDER TO TRY TO RECOMMEND ALLSORTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS THATSHE CAN DO WITH HER MONEY. AS YOU MANY OF YOU ARE AWAREWE HAVE DONE A LOT OF FINANCIALLITERACY PROGRAMS THROUGH THESTATE TREASURER’S OFFICE AND MYOFFICE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. PARTICULARLY A FOCUS ON WOMEN.

SO WE ARE STANDING READY TO BESUPPORTIVE IN TERMS OF MAKINGSURE THAT SHE AND HER FAMILYHAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TOMAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FORTHEM.AND SO I THINK THAT’S A REALLYINCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PIECE, ANDSHE GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TOENJOY THIS INCREDIBLE PIPEDREAM AND RETIRE AND TAKE CAREOF HERSELF AND HER FAMILY, ANDTHEN FINISHING OUT WHAT ELSESHE WANTS TO DO IN HER LIFE. SO I THINK THIS IS A WONDERFULOCCASION. IT IS WONDERFUL FORMASSACHUSETTS. IT IS WONDERFUL FOR THERETAILERS. AND IT’S A WIN WIN WIN. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERETODAY.

THANK YOU.CAN YOU EXPLAIN NOT COMINGFORWARD SO SOON?I WANTED TO GET THIS OVER,DONE WITH, THEN EVERYBODY WOULDJUST LEAVE ME ALONE. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEENCOMFORTABLY FINANCIALLY OR HAVEYOU STRUGGLED IN YOUR LIFE?I’VE BEEN OKAY. I’M NOT GOING TO SAY I’M THERICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. I CAN’T SAY I’M THE POOR HEFTPERSON. IS THERE ANYTHING LIKE ATRIP OR CAR?NO, AS A MATTER OF FACT, IJUST BOUGHT A CAR SEPTEMBER OFLAST YEAR AND I PLAN ON PAYINGIT OFF. MAVIS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TODO TO CELEBRATE?I’M GOING TO GO HIDE IN MYBED.

I THINK THAT’S A GOODANSWER.THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. AND THAT WAS MAVIS WANCZYK,THE WINNER OF THE JACKPOT. SHE IS A 53 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITHTWO CHILDREN. SHE SAYS SHE IS SO EXCITED, HERDREAM CHAWM TRUE. BUT LIKE YOU JUST HEARD HER SAYSHE IS GOING TO GO HIDE IN HERBED TONIGHT. 1ER78 OVERWHELMING.

WE WILL HAVE A COMPLETE WRAP UP..

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