Powerball Jackpot Claimed in WINsconsin

Manuel Franco still says life sometimes feels like a dream
and at any moment he is going to wake up.

“I can’t believe an ordinary guy like me can ever win the

And what a win it was!

Franco’s ticket was the sole winner of the $768.4 million
Powerball Jackpot drawn on March 27.

The jackpot ranks as the third largest in U.S. lottery
history behind the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot shared by
winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, and the $1.537
billion Mega Millions jackpot won in South Carolina last October.

Franco claimed his prize this week at the Wisconsin Lottery
in Madison, WI. He chose the cash option of approximately $477 million and will
receive just over $326 million after state and federal taxes.

He spoke about his win to an assembled throng of media
during a brief press conference after claiming his prize.

“I want to thank those closest to me for all the support
they have given me over the years,” said Franco reading from a prepared

image: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Franco hails from West Allis – a suburb of Milwaukee. His quick
pick winning numbers were 16, 20, 37, 44, 62 and the Powerball number 12 were on
a ticket purchased at Speedway in New Berlin on his way home from work.

He said he felt “lucky” as he bought the ticket.

He didn’t check his numbers immediately. But as news got out
the day after the draw that the winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin he made
sure to do so that evening.

As he saw the first and second number match the winners, his
heart started racing. Realizing he was the winner was an “amazing” feeling.

“It’s been hard to sleep pretty much every night since.”

Before the draw, Franco said that trying to get his bank
account to $1000 was his biggest concern.

He’s now quit his job and is making plans for his newfound
wealth. He wants to travel the world. And he intends to be responsible with

“I want to make a difference. I don’t want to make any bad
decisions. For now I’m going to take my time deciding what to do.”

“This is truly one of the most exciting days in the 30-plus
years of the Wisconsin Lottery,” said Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “With this
historic milestone Wisconsin became WINsconsin and our state received an
incredible amount of national attention. As lottery director, I have always
wanted to present a ‘big check’ to a winner. I am extremely happy for Manny and
his life-changing experience. It’s truly a moment to celebrate across the

Franco says he is done with playing the lottery.

“As a winner now, I don’t plan on playing any more. But, I
will say that the ticket you buy is worth the chance to change your life
forever. It certainly has changed my life and I look forward to the future.”

Lotteries.com is excited to congratulate Franco on his big
payout. The wonderful beauty of playing the lottery is knowing that anybody can

Since Franco’s win, the American Powerball jackpot has reset
and already ballooned to an estimated $166 Million.

Will you be the next American Powerball jackpot winner?

There is no better time than now to get in on the action by
betting on the next American Powerball Jackpot right now. New players will have
100% of their first bet credited back into their account.

Good Luck everyone!

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