Top-5 incredible stories of winners in the lottery 2017


Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts: $758,700,000.00

BRAINTREE, MA – Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, MA is the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot after the numbers on her lucky ticket matched the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball (06-07-16-23-26, PB 04) selected in Wednesday night’s drawing.  It is the largest jackpot prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history.

Wanczyk, who was joined by her mother and two sisters at the Lottery’s Braintree headquarters to claim her prize, chose the cash option on her prize and will receive a lump sum payment of $480,500,936.  After taxes, her check will amount to $336,350,655.

Wanczyk purchased a total of five tickets, three with numbers that she selected and two Quic Pics, at the Pride Station & Store location at 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee.  Her winning combination was one of the sets of numbers that she selected herself using family birthdates and her lucky number 4.  The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the jackpot winning ticket.

Wanczyk, age 53, who has worked at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield for the past 32 years, indicated that she has already informed her employer that she will not be returning.

Wanczyk is the fourth Powerball jackpot winner in Massachusetts since the Mass. Lottery began offering the game in 2010.  The previous jackpots were won in 2011 ($25.6 million), 2012 ($50 million) and 2013 (half of a $122.9 million jackpot).

Previously, the largest jackpot prize ever won on a ticket sold by the Mass. Lottery was a $294 million Mega Millions jackpot prize in 2004.

Tickets sold at Sandy’s Variety in Dorchester and at Handy Variety in Watertown each won a $1 million prize in Wednesday’s drawing by correctly matching the first five winning numbers.  These retailers will receive a $10,000 bonus.

Jeff Lindsay from California: $447,800,000.00

SACRAMENTO – The Powerball winner who purchased his lucky ticket in the tiny Riverside County city of Menifee has come forward to claim his $447.8 million prize – the 7th-largest jackpot in Powerball game history and the 10th-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Jeff Lindsay and his family are California’s newest multi-millionaires. When asked how that felt, Jeff replied, “We are obviously thrilled with this tremendous stroke of good luck and are still getting our arms around what it means for us.”

“We congratulate Jeff and his family on their huge win,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said. “This winner is informed and has already assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help him make the most of this newfound wealth and make it last for many generations. We also understand that they plan on giving back to causes important to them and that is good news for us all. The California Lottery’s mission is to provide supplemental funding for public schools, and a portion of any Lottery tickets purchased goes towards that cause.”

Lindsay stopped at Marietta Liquor & Deli to buy some Scratchers® tickets, then returned later to cash in one winner, and on a whim decided to purchase 10 Powerball tickets. The winning ticket, worth nearly half a billion dollars, actually sat on the kitchen counter until Lindsay heard that the winning jackpot ticket was purchased in Sun City and won the entire jackpot.

Marietta Liquor & Deli, which is owned by the Alberre family and located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City, will receive a huge $1 million retailer bonus just for selling the winning ticket. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.)

The Lindsays do not wish to speak with media about the win and declined to take a winner photo, but they did release the following statement:

“We are private people and do not want to change who we are or become public figures and ask that people appreciate and respect our privacy. In order to help manage what has already been a somewhat overwhelming process, we have engaged a number of financial, legal and other advisors to guide us and help us make the best decisions possible.

“Once things calm down, we plan on working closely with our team of advisors to determine how to properly manage and invest this newfound wealth to ensure that we can support our family and causes that are important to us for many generations to come.”

Anonymous from Arizona: $60,000,000.00


A lucky Arizona lottery player won a $60 million Powerball jackpot on April Fools’ Day.

The winner chose to remain anonymous and opted for the cash prize of $36.4 million.

“This is an exciting time for not only the lucky winner, but the state and the Arizona Lottery,” said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. “This is the first time we have seen a Powerball Grand Prize winner in our state since 2015, and we are happy for our Littlefield retail partner. We want to not only congratulate the winner, but thank them for playing the Arizona Lottery and helping us give back to our state!”

The winning ticket was purchased in Littlefield, Arizona at the Scenic General Store located at 2960 Scenic Blvd.

The winning numbers were 09, 32, 36, 44, 65 and Powerball number 01. The Power Play multiplier was 03.

Mai Xiong from Wisconsin: $156,200,000.00


Milwaukee resident Mai Xiong is the lucky winner of the $156.2 million prize from the Wednesday, March 22, Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was purchased from Pewaukee Corner Pump at 1194 West Capitol Drive in Pewaukee.

Mai Xiong took the cash option worth $93.1 million. Pewaukee Corner Pump received $100,000 for selling the winning ticket. Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2% of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.

The winning ticket matched all six numbers: 2, 9, 27, 29 and 42 with a Powerball of 9.

Xiong holds the 16th Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Wisconsin since the game was introduced in April 1992. The last Powerball jackpot winner was Doug Miron from Marinette who won $31.4 million on October 14, 2009 on a ticket he purchased from City Limits at N3900 Highway 180 in Marinette.

This is the second largest prize awarded to a Wisconsin winner. The largest was a ticket worth $208.8 million sold in August of 2006 to a group of 100 individuals who called themselves the Miracle 100. That ticket was sold at Ma and Pa Grocery in Fond du Lac.

Anonymous from Indiana: $435,300,000.00


A Purdue Graduate claimed the 7th largest Grand Prize in Powerball history as Bohemian Financial, LLC. on March 10, 2017 in Indiana.

His ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball in the Feb. 22, 2017 drawing. The winning numbers from the drawing are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The estimated jackpot for the drawing was $435.3 million.

Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor presented a celebratory check to a spokesperson for the winner.

The winner wanted to remain anonymous, so he worked with lawyers to setup a limited liability company to receive the lottery funds and preserve his privacy.

“We can tell you he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant,” said Jennifer Dzwonar, a spokesperson for the winner.

“Once he saw the numbers matched, he couldn’t sleep. He tried calling his brother later that morning, but he didn’t answer. He then called his dad, who joked, ‘I thought you were calling to say that you won the lottery?’ to which the winner replied, ‘Maybe I did!'”

The winner had the choice to take payment of the estimated $435.3 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment.

The winner chose the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million (before taxes). According to the Hoosier Lottery, the final payout will be $189.1 million after taxes.

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