Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco, 24, is the victor of the third-largest Powerball jackpot in United States history.
The win comes nearly exactly two years after Wisconsin hit its last Powerball jackpot, when a Milwaukee resident won $156.2 million on March 22, 2017.
Franco said he did not watch the Powerball drawing that evening - and actually left for work the next morning without checking the tickets.
Manuel Franco purchased the ticket at a Speedway gas station in New Berlin. Then he saw one last ticket stuck to another one, and recounted to reporters the feeling as he matched the first two numbers, then glanced at the Powerball to see it matched too. The third ticket he checked was a victor of $4 - for hitting the Powerball number. He plans on taking the lump sum.
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"I do want to help out the world in places but I have to do it correctly and have to make sure that my future is secure". "My heart started racing". I left work that day, i remember hearing that day "Powerball victor Wisconsin".
State law in Wisconsin doesn't allow lottery winners to stay anonymous. Franco said he got excited about that.
Franco recounted that he almost missed the winning ticket while going through his other tickets. I had pretty much felt lucky... it's a weird feeling, not natural at all, ' he said at the press conference.
The odds of winning were 1 in 292,201,338.00.
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"This is truly one of the most exciting days in the 30-plus years of the Wisconsin Lottery", Lottery Director Cindy Polzin said in a statement.
Seven tickets matched all five white balls but missed matching the red Powerball to win a $1 million prize.
The cash option is about $477 million, which is what most winners take.
Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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