Store that sold winning Powerball ticket to donate prize to charities

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UPDATE: 

12:00 P.M. — 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.

Bob Bolduc owns the Pride store chain. One of its stores, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, sold the only ticket that won the $758.7 million jackpot. It’s the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in U.S. history.

He says once they heard that the winning ticket was sold Wednesday afternoon, store workers looked it up on the surveillance video and believe the winner was a middle-aged woman.

Bolduc says they’re happy for the customer, and happy for the charities.

The lottery says the winner still had not come forward as of midmorning Thursday.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

(CBS) — Lottery officials say one winning ticket was sold, in Massachusetts, for the staggering $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

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

The $758 million prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years.

Massachusetts Lottery officials cited by CBS Boston say it’s the largest jackpot won by a single ticket in North American lottery history.

But it’s not the biggest prize ever: In January 2016, a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot was split among three winners.

Powerball says winning tickets for $2 million were bought in six states, and winners for $1 million were sold in 19 states.

The jackpot increased late Wednesday from a previous $700 million prize. At that amount, if taken as a lump sum, the jackpot is worth $443 million.

Federal income tax of 39.6 percent would dwindle the winnings down to about $267 million, and state and local taxes would also apply.

The odds of winning were — one-in-292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The jackpot grew so large because nobody had won since June 10.

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