BRAINTREE — It’s the biggest lottery jackpot ever won by a single ticket-holder. But in its moment to share in sweepstakes glory Thursday morning, the Massachusetts State Lottery got the location of the winning $758.7 million Powerball ticket wrong.
In an announcement at 2:36 a.m., the lottery said that the Handy Variety store in Watertown had sold the huge ticket. The misstatement triggered hours of confusion, as the owner of Handy Variety was deluged with calls and media requests to identify the lucky winner.
“I was so excited when I left the house,” said store owner Gurinder Singh, who had been fielding calls and giving interviews since the wee hours. “They got me all hyped up.”
Sorry, Mr. Singh. By 6 a.m., lottery officials had realized their mistake and a couple hours later identified the correct winning location: Chicopee, 80 miles to the west. The Watertown store, they explained, had sold a $1 million winning Powerball ticket, and they had simply mixed up the two when preparing the announcement.