Man in US becomes single winner of $758.7 mln jackpot, largest in history

A customer shows her purchased Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A winning ticket was sold in Watertown, Massachusetts, for Wednesday's $758.7 million jackpot -- the largest with a single winner in the history -- Massachusetts Lottery Powerball Product Group Chair Charlie McIntyre announced.

In a statement early Thursday, McIntyre also says six other tickets won $2 million apiece, and 34 more are worth $1 million.

The lucky numbers for the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

The Massachusetts State Lottery announced on Twitter that the winning ticket was sold at the Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown.

The prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years. A winner who wants cash would receive $443.3 million, minus federal and state taxes that generally eat up more than 30 percent of winnings.

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

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