Winning $758M Powerball ticket sold in Massachusetts

The winning $758.7 million Powerball ticket was purchased in Massachusetts, according to lottery officials.

The numbers, selected late Wednesday night, were: 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and Powerball 4.

About two hours after the numbers were drawn, lottery officials said the golden ticket was purchased in the Bay State. The ticket was sold at Handy Variety, a small store in Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

The whopping grand prize is the largest in U.S. history for a single winning lottery ticket according to Powerball Product Group Chair Charles McIntyre.

The odds of matching all six numbers are one in 292.2 million.

Wednesday’s jackpot is second only to a $1.6 billion prize shared by three people in January 2016.

The current figure refers to the annuity option, doled out in 30 payments over 29 years, increasing 5% annually. Nearly all winners favor the cash option, which would clock in at $480.5 million.

Winners should expect to pay about 40% or more in taxes

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

Drawings are held twice a week, with five white balls selected from a drum containing 69 balls. An additional red ball is drawn from a drum with 26 balls.

Credit: NY Daily News

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