Machine that printed $758M Powerball payoff taken out of service

By Allen Cone  |  Updated Aug. 30, 2017 at 5:29 PM
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Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The lottery machine that printed the winning ticket for last week's record $758.8 million Powerball jackpot has been taken out of service.

Mavis Wanczyk was the single winner for the huge payout on a ticket printed at the Pride Station in Chicopee, Mass. The 53-year-old woman said she chose the numbers using family birthdays, and one her family and friends consider lucky.

The Massachusetts Lottery took the machine out of service for maintenance, according to the State House News Service.

"We did end up taking the winning Powerball machine offline for other maintenance issues and we were kind of contemplating whether there is a lottery museum somewhere that may be interested in having that," Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney said.

State officials have some ideas what to do with the machine.

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said he can place the machine in her office where she displays older machines. Comptroller Thomas Shack said it should be placed in State House's Grand Staircase "so we can always be reminded as we walk by there of just how valuable the Lottery is and that machine is."

That winning payoff meant that machine secured about $24.5 million in income tax revenue, not to mention all the money generated from losing tickets.

The Massachusetts Lottery said it's planning to buy about 2,000 new machines at a cost of about $4.1 million. They will replace the large blue terminals that have remained in convenience stores and gas stations around the state for decades. The new machines are smaller and more technologically advanced.

No one won the Powerball jackpot on Saturday, and Wednesday's estimated payout is $53 million. Before Wanczyk won the big payout, there were no winners between June 10 and Aug. 23.

Also Wednesday, the Multi-State Lottery Association announced the Hot Lotto game's last drawing will be on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Hot Lotto drawings, which began in 2006, are held in 14 states -- Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia

Wednesday's estimated Hot Lotto jackpot is $9.9 million.

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