Winning Powerball tickets sold in Hampton, Williamsburg

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The historic Powerball prize claimed by a MA woman this week has focused new attention on the state lottery, a vital, if not always well understood, cog in state and local government.

"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax", Mavis L Wanczyk told reporters at a news conference. Officers have spoken to neighbors to tell them that if they see anything suspicious, they should call the police, he said.

According to lottery officials, Wanczyk won $758.7 million, but she got only $480 million ($336 million after taxes) as she opted to take a lump sum amount.

She has worked at Mercy Medical Center for 32 years and had dreamed about retiring in 12 more years. At the time of Sheremeta's arraignment, Ms Wanczyk's daughter Marlee had said that her father always loved playing practical jokes.

With lots of people buying tickets, many asked what the best system was for picking numbers.

Wanczyk is a mother of two.

But shortly before 8 a.m., the lottery said it had made a mistake, and that the winning ticket was sold across the state at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, in Western Massachusetts.

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

"We apologize for the confusion this created and remain thrilled that a jackpot winning ticket and two $1 million winning tickets were sold here in MA". Kaur did an interview with GMA around 7am and said she was happy they are the winning store. The shop is expected to receive $50,000 from the state lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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. Those odds range from one in 11.7 million of winning $1 million for matching the five regular balls to one in 38 for matching the Powerball and winning $4.

The reason the prize is so large is because there hasn't been a Powerball jackpot victor since June 10.

The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

The jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing reached $758.7 million.

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