Three-quarters-of-a-billion dollars. Overnight, Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts, US, became a millionaire like she could never imagine.
On Wednesday, the medical care centre worker, who’s aged 53, walked out of work to find herself millions of dollars better off.
OK, she’ll be taxed heavily – America taxes its lottery winners – but even then, she should take home $336,350,655 (£262,753,425). Mavis even stated that she’d be ‘very happy’ with winning just one million.
The huge amount of cash makes her now richer than the likes of Will Smith ($250m), Robert Downey Jr ($220m), Mick Jagger ($305m), Kanye West ($145m), Kim Kardashian ($175m), Katy Perry ($280m) and Leonardo DiCaprio ($245m).
She’s just $4m of having the same wealth as the man who nicknames himself ‘Money’ – Floyd Mayweather.
She bought her ticket at the Pride Station and Store, and all her number selections were pretty much random. Mavis is the winner of the largest single ticket Powerball jackpot in history.
So, what would the first thing you do after winning all that money? Book a holiday, buy a house in cash? Nope. Mavis had better ideas.
Mavis laughed: “The first thing I want to do is sit back and relax… I wanted to retire in 12 [years] and it came early.
“I’ve called them [her workplace] and told them I will not be coming back.”
Mavis added at a press conference: “I was leaving work at night. I leave with this guy, Rob, who’s a Chicopee fireman. He said, ‘I bet someone has won with these numbers as birthday’s’. I thought it’s never going to me, it’s just a pipe dream I’ve always head.
“He was reading these numbers and I was like, ‘I have these numbers’.”
Rob very kindly followed Mavis home to make sure that it wasn’t stolen from her and told her to sign the ticket.
She admitted she was ‘scared’ by winning the large sum of money but is happy to declare herself the winner.
She’s a single gal, who sadly lost her husband, William, in a hit-and-run crash last year as he waited a bus stop. She also has a daughter, 31, and a son who is 26-years-old.
William was a retired firefighter with the Northampton Fire Department. The man who killed William was charged with manslaughter while operating under the influence, motor vehicle homicide, and leaving the scene of a crash that caused a death.
“I want to be alone, and figure out what I want to do,” Mavis added. “I’m going to hide in my bed.”
That bed, undoubtedly, will be one of hundred-dollar bills. Sleep well, Mavis.
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