Officers patrolling around the home of Chicopee powerball victor

Kamaljeet Kaur with her husband Gurinder Singh owners of the Handy Variety store thought they sold the jackpot winning ticket only to be told the lotto made a mistake 

The largest single-ticket Powerball prize in U.S. history has been claimed by a MA hospital worker who promptly quit her job only hours after learning she had won the 758.7 million dollar (£592 million) prize.

"We hope that they share it properly, also, because there's a lot of needs in this area", Bob Bolduc, owner of the chain of Pride stores, told reporters outside the location where the ticket was sold.

Michael Sweeney, executive director of the state lottery, said in a statement Thursday morning that the mix-up over where the ticket sold was due to information being "transcribed incorrectly" when the names of shops that sold all the winning tickets were being manually recorded.

Wanczyk quit her job on Thursday after learning she had won the prize. "It's just a pipe dream that I've always had".

Then she read the number on her ticket and realised she had won. However, a larger prize attracts more players and that means more number combinations are selected, so the probability increases that one or more people will buy winning tickets.

- A single winning ticket has been sold for the massive Powerball $758.7 million jackpot in Wednesday night's drawing.




The Massachusetts store that sold the lone winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot said Thursday that it plans to donate its bonus to charity.

The 53-year-old hospital worker from Chicopee quit her job on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) after learning she had won the prize, the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in USA history.

While he doesn't yet know who his lucky customer is, he said he was informed that the jackpot-winning ticket was sold Wednesday around 2:30 p.m.to a woman.

Kurland said, "She's now one of the world's wealthiest people and she has to start acting like it".

Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

"In the last 12 months, we've sold two $4 million tickets and four $1 million tickets", he said. Your chance of winning is roughly comparable to being that one lucky person out of the entire population, with everyone else losing. For the current jackpot, the cash prize would be $480 million. Around 10 million other lottery tickets won the prizes of more than $135 million.

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