Winning Powerball tickets sold in Hampton, Williamsburg

Wilk said police is there to keep unwanted people away from Ms Wanczyk.

Wanczyk said she learned of her win when a colleague encouraged her to check her ticket as she left work on Wednesday. "At 3:00, with the eclipse ended, sales returned to their previous strong level", the lottery said.

The announcement that a victor had come forward came after a turbulent morning in which lottery officials initially misidentified not only the store that sold the winning ticket, but the town.

Since 1972, the state says the lottery has sold $110 billion in tickets, awarded $77 billion in prizes and distributed $25 billion in local aid to cities and towns.

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

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The winning Powerball ticket was one that Wanczyk picked herself, using a combination of family birthdays and her lucky number, four.

A police presence outside her home.

The jackpot is the largest ever won with a single ticket.

A $1 million ticket was sold at a Food Lion in Creedmoor, matching all five white balls.

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The Associated Press reports that six other tickets won $2 million, and 34 more are worth $1 million.

The Massachusetts State Lottery announced on Twitter that the winning ticket was sold at the Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown.

The jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing reached $758.7 million. Wanczyk won the largest winning prize on a single ticket in the history of the game.

The winning numbers are 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number is 4.

Amid all the talk about sudden wealth, it's easy to forget that the goal of Powerball is to raise money for government programs in the 44 states where the game is played, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many had big dreams of what they'd buy if they were lucky enough to hit the jackpot, though others had their sights set a little lower.

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