Handy Variety in Watertown, Massachusetts: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The $758.7 million Powerball winning ticket was sold at Handy Variety in Watertown, Massachusetts, the Mass. State Lottery announced. Handy Variety is a small convenience store that’s about to get a lot of attention.

Here’s more about Handy Variety and the winning ticket.

UPDATE: It turns out that the Lottery Headquarters were wrong about where they originally said the winning ticket was sold. It was not at Handy Variety. The ticket was sold in Chicopee, Mass. to Mavis Wanczyk.


1. Handy Variety Is a Small Convenience Store Near Boston with a Homey Feel

According to Handy Variety’s webpage, Handy Variety is a convenience store established in 2002 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Groupon describes Handy Variety this way: “No matter the craving, Handy Variety’s fantastic convenient store has the goods to satisfy in Watertown. Drive to Handy Variety and find parking in the area. This convenience store has every odd and end you need. Stop by Handy Variety today.”

The little convenience store currently doesn’t have any ratings on Yelp, but that might change soon.

2. Watertown, MA is part of the Greater Boston Area

Watertown, MA, where the convenience store is located, is part of the Greater Boston area. The population was 31,915 as of the 2010 census. Technically, it’s called “The Town of Watertown” and is one of only 14 Massachusetts municipalities that have been granted city governance but still have “the town of” in its name.

It’s located six miles northwest of Boston in Middlesex County.

3. This Was the Single Largest Winning Ticket Sold in North American Lottery History

This was the largest jackpot won by a single ticket holder in North American lottery history.

The reason the $1.6 billion Powerball isn’t the largest single ticket, even though it was the largest jackpot in Powerball’s history, is because that Powerball jackpot was split among three winning tickets.

4. It Could Be a Long Time Before We Learn the Winner’s Name — If Ever

Massachusetts gives its lottery winners a full year to come forward and claim their winnings. Some wait this full length in order to let some of the hype calm down and to get their finances and paperwork in order. Those who want can create a trust and have a trustee — typically an attorney — claim the prize. If they got this route, then the identity of the winner may never be known.

5. Many People Are Already Talking Online About How Sad They Are About Not Winning

For every winner, many people must lose. Lottery players are already taking to the Internet to share their sadness about not walking away with the big jackpot.

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