The Chicopee winning ticket is also the largest jackpot won by a single ticket in North American lottery history. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the final number, called the Powerball number, was 4. The name of the massive jackpot’s winner has not yet been released. The payout, which can be taken in a lump sum or in 29 yearly payments, is estimated to be around $443 million, depending on state taxes. The owner of the store that sold the lone winning Powerball ticket says he’s donating the store’s $50,000 prize to several local charities.
Six tickets, sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands, won $2 million each. Thirty-four tickets others across the United States won $1 million. Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players had a roughly 1 in 175 million chance of winning. The last time someone won the Powerball jackpot in Massachusetts was in 2013. Each jurisdiction decides how to spend the money raised in fees by Powerball and other lottery games, with some funding college scholarships, others spending the money on transportation and many using it for general state programs.