Connecticut Mother of 6 Comes Forward to Win $1 Million Powerball Ticket

August 25, 2017 Last Updated: August 25, 2017

A Connecticut mother of six has stepped forward to claim a $1 million Powerball ticket—with numbers that were comprised of a combination of her kids’ birthdays.

“I really don’t play that often and I only had a couple dollars on me,” Johanna Moreno told Connecticut Lottery, as reported by the Hartford Courant. “I’m just in shock, I couldn’t believe it.”

Moreno got the ticket at the North Elm Mobil in Torrington. She saw the winning numbers on Facebook.

“It’s been difficult lately, but now I plan to get a car, a house for the kids and go to school,” Moreno added. “I’m very thankful—it’s a blessing.”

“I (had to) go to the car, my ticket was in the car! I knew the numbers right away,” Moreno told NBC Connecticut.

Powerball jackpot winner Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts. (Screenshot via YouTube/CBS Boston)
Powerball jackpot winner Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Mass.. (Screenshot via YouTube/CBS Boston)

The gas station in Torrington, Connecticut, will get a $2,500 bonus check from the lottery for selling the ticket.

The Powerball winning numbers that were drawn on Wednesday night were 6–7–16–23–26 and Powerball: 4.

Moreno’s winning ticket had the first five numbers drawn.

According to the Connecticut Lottery, eight tickets worth between $50,000 and $200,000 were sold in the state.

Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts, the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot is pictured in Braintree, Massachusetts, U.S. in this August 24, 2017 handout photo.  (Massachusetts State Lottery/Handout via REUTERS)
Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Mass., the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot is pictured in Braintree, Mass., in this Aug. 24, 2017, handout photo. (Massachusetts State Lottery/Handout via Reuters)

Another, $2 million lottery ticket was also sold in Connecticut, but the person’s identity has yet to be disclosed, Patch.com reported.

The winner of the $758.7 million jackpot, the second-largest in U.S. history, was a hospital worker from Massachusetts. A craze-inducing $1.6 billion jackpot was drawn in January 2016.

A screen displays the value of the Powerball jackpot at a store in New York City, U.S. on August 22, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
A screen displays the value of the Powerball jackpot at a store in New York City, on Aug. 22, 2017. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

The woman, Mavis Wanczyk, appeared at an afternoon news conference to claim her prize.

“I wanted to get this over and done with, and then everyone would leave me alone,” Wanczyk, the mother of a 31-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son, told reporters on Thursday. She said she had worked for the past 32 years at a Springfield hospital, but added, “I’ve called them and told them I will not be coming back.”

Reuters contributed to this report.