Is there a lottery winner?

The winner of the biggest jackpot in North American history - $758.7m (£590m) - has come forward to collect her prize.

Mother-of-two Mavis Wanczyk, 53, bought the ticket at a Chicopee, Massachusetts, petrol station. The winner - whose lucky numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and 4 - told reporters she had already quit her job.

The biggest ever US Powerball jackpot was $1.6bn, although that was shared by three ticket holders in January 2016. Massachusetts State Lottery told reporters the ticket in Wednesday night's draw had been validated.

"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax," said Ms Wanczyk, chewing gum.
"I had a pipe dream.. and it came true."

She told journalists she had picked her lucky numbers based on relatives' birthdays. Ms Wanczyk said of her 32-year job at a medical centre: "I've called them and told them I will not be going back." Read more at BBC News.

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Friday, August 25 2017