Lottery: Nerves to blame for error on store

Given her excitement, you might think Angelica Merced won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax", Mavis L Wanczyk told reporters at a news conference.

"Right now I know she's pulling her hair out with all the harassment and the soliciting phone calls", Lord said.

Wanczyk chose to take a lump-sum payment of $480.5 million or $336 million after taxes, rather than claim the full amount over time, according to the state lottery.

Wanczyk worked for 32 years in a clerical job in the nursing department at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, the hospital said.

Then she read the number on her ticket and realised she had won.

The couple's daughter, Marlee Wanczyk, told The Republican newspaper at the time of Sheremeta's arraignment that her father was a "wise-cracker" who enjoyed playing practical jokes.

The winning ticket was sold at a Pride Station & Store in Chicopee in Western Massachusetts.

"We pay our people well; we give them full benefits", Bolduc said.

The Searsport store is expected to receive a $20,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald.

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.

The jackpot victor has the option to claim their prize in 29 yearly installments, or one lump sum that would amount to around $443.3 million, minus federal and state taxes.

With drawings being held twice a week, Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

The only winning ticket for the Powerball $758.7 million jackpot has been sold in Watertown, Massachusetts, a town familiar for its connection to the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

According to the MA law, the law requires revealing the identity of the Powerball jackpot victor.

  • Joey Payne