On Wednesday night, 53-year-old Mavis Wanczyk was leaving Mercy Medical Centre in Springfield, Massachusetts, a hospital where she had held a job for the past 32 years.
As she prepared to walk out, the winning numbers for the US$759 million (AU$964 million) Powerball had just been announced and her workmate, Rob, was reading them out to her.
That’s when the mum-of-two realised she had just won the biggest lottery in US history.
“He’s reading these numbers, and I pull mine out, and I go, ‘Hey, I have that number, and I have that, I have that!’”, she told a press conference in Massachusetts.
“And he goes, ‘Let me see that ticket'”. Seconds later, he was screaming, “You just won!”
In the minutes that followed, Wanczyk says, “I couldn’t drive anywhere. I couldn’t do anything. He followed me to make sure I was safely home.”
At first, the patient care worker couldn’t believe her luck, but now she’s quit her job and is planning her early retirement.
“I have called them and told them I will not be coming back. I just want to sit back and relax,” she said, adding, “I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true, I wanted to retire and it came early.”