If a lottery player wins millions in Germany, then he gets two good advices from the lottery company: Do not talk about it and do not quit your job! From this, Mavis Wanczyk, who has been working in a Massachusetts hospital for 32 years, did the wrong thing the first day.
The 53-year-old won the biggest single win in the lottery history with a nominal value of US $ 758.7 million (around € 643 million) – never before in the world has a single person won so much money in the lottery.
“That was a dream of mine”
The day after the draw, she dialed her employer’s number. “I called her and said that I will not come back.” Afterwards, she gave a press conference in front of the cameras, which could be seen on television and worldwide on the Internet all over the USA. “That was a dream of mine,” said the mother of two grown-up children about their successful lotto coup. It took a while for them to be lucky.
In fact, it is unbelievably unlikely to be the one who taps the right five of the 69 numbers and the super-number among millions of players. The chance is 1: 292 million. US media claims to have calculated that the possibility of drowning and being hit by lightning is higher. Mavis Wanczyk had put on the birthdays of friends and relatives and on numbers from their personal lives – as do many lottery players. She had handed over the tip-ticket only hours before the draw at a local supermarket.
Petitioner from the first minute on the mat
Unlike in Germany, it is quite common in the US or even in the UK that show lottery winners in public. The result is that supplicants are on the mat from the first minute and try with more or less honest comments to divert money from the overwhelmed winner. The Scottish couple Chris and Colin Weir had even some years ago to Spain to flee, because freeloaders wanted to enrich the profit of then 185 million euros.
When Mavis Wanczyk stepped in front of the media in Massachusetts on Thursday, she herself was taken by surprise. At first she could not have believed that a colleague had brought her home from the late shift in the evening. She wants to have time now and process the profit for herself. “I’ll hide in my bed.”
Under the rules of the US Powerball Lottery, the winner has basically two options. Either, she chooses the full amount and has it paid out in annual installments over a period of 30 years. Wanczyk opted for a one-time payment, at a discount. She receives gross $ 480 million, after taxes, according to calculations of the lottery company 336 million left.