Someone won $758.7 million in the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night. It was the largest win on a single ticket in the history of the lottery. Tickets with lesser prizes were sold totaling $135 million that ranged from $4 all the way up to $2 million. The odds of matching all six numbers were 1 in 292.2 million. Scientists estimated that a person had better odds of being struck by lightning while drowning or being killed by an asteroid than winning the last jackpot.

Lottery experts said the odds are better if the numbers aren't birth dates because they could go up to only 31. However, the single winner did use birth dates when she purchased the winning ticket.

Massachusetts State Lottery officials noted that Wanczyk is a regular lottery player. She bought five tickets on Wednesday. Three of the tickets had her own numbers and two were quick-pick tickets. The winning Powerball ticket was one of the three that she picked herself. She used a combination of family birthdays and her lucky number, four.

The winning ticket with numbers 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and Powerball number 4 was purchased at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. That establishment will receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. The store owner, Bob Bolduc, told reporters that he is donating the money to local charities that focus on education and children.

About the winner

Mavis L. Wanczyk wasted no time letting lottery officials know she was the winner. The Chicopee, Massachusetts native had a choice of having the $758.7 million divided into 30 payments over 29 years or taking the cash payment of $480.5 million.

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The 53-year-old former hospital worker decided to take the cash payment. Because lottery winnings are taxed like income, an estimated $120.1 million will go for federal taxes. Another $24 million will go for Massachusetts state taxes. Wanczyk will get about $336 million.

Wanczyk already quit her 32-year job at Mercy Medical Center. She said she was going to pay off her car. It is surprising she didn't say she would buy a brand new one. Her big plan is to retire early.

Attorneys and other experts in these matters say Wanczyk made the mistake of going public too soon. She did have the option of collecting her winnings anonymously through a trust. Winners are usually bombarded with offers from investment firms, requests from charities and people coming out of the woodwork for some of the money.

How rich is Wanczyk?

Wanczyk is now one of the world's wealthiest people. Not that it really matters, but some have compared her net worth to that of well-known celebrities. It was revealed that the mother of two adult children is now richer than Beyonce, who has a net worth of $350 million.

She is also richer than Kim Kardashian, whose net worth is $175 million, and her husband, Kanye West, with a net worth of $145 million. The new millionaire is also richer than Taylor Swift, who has $280 million. The former hospital worker is now richer than the power couple, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, whose combined net worth is $300 million. She is not richer than Oprah, who is a billionaire.