The machine that printed Mavis Wanczyk’s winning $758.7 million Powerball ticket may be coming to a museum near you — or somewhere else.
Just where that blue-and-black lottery terminal will end up remains to be seen, as the Massachusetts State Lottery has decided to take the unusual step of retiring the machine in the hopes of displaying it somewhere.
The machine, which has been churning out tickets for about 20 years, made history when it produced the lucky winner to the biggest lottery jackpot ever won by a single ticket-holder. Originally stationed at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, it now sits in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Springfield office awaiting its fate, according to state lottery spokesman Christian Teja.
“Clearly, there is an appetite to preserve this piece of lottery history and some interesting ideas have already been proposed,” Teja said in an e-mail.
The State House News Service reported that the Lottery’s executive director, Michael Sweeney, was considering finding a museum where the machine could be displayed, while comptroller Thomas Shack suggested that near the State House’s Grand Staircase might be a good spot. According to that report, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg also offered to host the now-historic artifact in her office.
Teja noted the lottery recently began the process of replacing those familiar blue lottery machines — which have been in operation for over 20 years now — with new, state-of-the-art terminals.
Teja said the machine was removed from its location in Chicopee on Saturday and sent to the lottery’s Springfield office for maintenance. (‘This is a routine process. . . . Typically, once a machine is repaired, it is put back into service. If a machine is beyond repair, it can be used for parts for other machines,’ Teja said in the e-mail).
But this particular terminal — the one that produced the winning ticket for Powerball jackpot in Chicopee — is getting special attention.
“Given the coincidence of the timing, we decided to keep the machine out of commission,” Teja said.
As for where the lucky terminal will end up, that remains to be seen. “Where it will ultimately go is still up for discussion,” he said.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.