US woman wins R9.9bn lottery jackpot
THE single biggest lottery jackpot winner in history has received her cheque for $758-million (R9.9--billion), and told of her shock at her new-found fortune.
Mavis Wanczyck, 53, was asked how she would celebrate, and replied, laughing: “I’m going to go and hide in my bed.”
Wanczyck, who has worked in the same medical centre in Massachusetts for 32 years, said she had already resigned from her job on fulfilling her “pipe dream”.
“Actually I just happened to find out,” she said.
“I was leaving work at night. And my colleague Rob said I bet someone won with these numbers, as they could be birthdays.
“And I was reading them out, and I said ‘I’ve won!’”
The ticket which won her the largest single-winner jackpot in North American history was bought in her hometown of Chicopee, 144km west of Boston.
She said the numbers were “kind of random, maybe birthdays”.
“There’s a thing between me and my mum and stepfather, and we all go out for dinner once a week and play Keno. And our number is four. So that was one of them.”
The mother of a 31-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son, Wanczyck said she was driving to the cheque presentation ceremony on Thursday and telling herself: “This isn’t true. It can’t be.”
Asked what she would do now, she replied: “I want to sit back and relax.” – The Telegraph