Mavis L Wanczyk used birthdays to choose some of the numbers on her $758.7m winning ticket, the largest prize from a single lottery ticket in US history

A Massachusetts woman was named on Thursday as the winner of the largest single-ticket prize in US lottery history, a massive $758.7m Powerball jackpot, but only after a transcription error led to a wrong announcement of where the ticket was sold.

State lottery executive director Michael Sweeney told WBZ-AM that as a result of the transcription mistake, there had been a “couple of excited people at 1 o’clock in the morning” in Watertown, near Boston. In fact, the winner lives in Chicopee, near Springfield.

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