The 53-year-old mother-of-two who won a $758m (€642m) lotto jackpot – the biggest single prize in US history – says the first thing she did was quit her job.
Massachusetts hospital worker Mavis Wanczyk broke the news to her employer the way the rest of us only dream of: “I called and told them I will not be coming back.”
Ms Wanczyk chose to take a lump-sum of $480m (€406m), or $336m (€284m) after taxes.
The previous evening, she recalled, she was leaving work with a firefighter and remarked: “It’s never going to be me. It’s just a pipe dream that I’ve always had.”
Ms Wanczyk, who has two adult children, worked for 32 years at Mercy Medical Centre, Springfield, western Massachusetts.
A month ago she shared a post on Facebook joking she needed a vacation. “And by ‘vacation,'” the post read, “I mean I need to move away and find a new job. On a beach. With rum.”
Her win is still dwarfed by a $1.6bn (€1.35bn) Powerball jackpot divvied up between three people in January 2016.
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