It was a record breaking single person win record when Mavis Wanczyk posted a $758.7 million Powerball lottery win. But amidst the celebration, a mix-up in the announcement went unnoticed for some time.
The lottery announced the correct winner of the jackpot but erred in providing the name of the ticket outlet which sold the winning ticket. The lottery named Handy Variety in Watertown as the outlet where Ms. Wanczyk purchased the winning ticket. This would have meant a hefty $50,000 bonus for the owners.
A list of big winners included two million dollar winners and the jackpot winner. The jackpot winner was listed in the middle row, along with the details of the store where it was sold. However, it appeared that the employee who made the announcement had been looking at the top row.
When it was discovered that a gas station in Chicopee had sold the winning ticket, the lottery’s executive director opted for transparency. The good news is that a review is being made to look at possible improvements to prevent a similar error. And Handy Variety will still receive $10,000 for selling a ticket which won $1,000,000.