A single winner just took home $960 million, the largest lottery prize in US history

A single lottery ticket worth $US758.7 million ($960 million) has won the largest lottery prize in US history.

On Thursday, Mavis L. Wanczyk revealed in a press conference that she was the winner of the jackpot.

“The first thing I want to do is sit back and relax,” Wanczyk, who is 52 years old, said during the press conference.

Wanczyk also said she had already called her employer to let them know she would not be returning.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot — the second largest in US history — had a single winner, according to the Powerball website. The total haul is the largest lottery win ever, since the record largest jackpot of $US1.6 billion Powerball was split between three winners.

Mavis L Wanczyk
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The winning ticket was sold at the Pride Station and Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and the Powerball number was 4.

According to the AP, six tickets sold are worth $US2 million each, 34 tickets won $US1 million prizes.

The winner has a choice to claim the winnings as a lump sum or an annuity. The annuity is a series of 30 annual payments, which increase by 5% each year. The lump sum is worth less than the face value of the prize.

Cadie Thompson contributed to this post.