US woman wins R9.9bn lot­tery jack­pot

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD - Har­riet Alexan­der

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

MAVIS WANCZYCK

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