24-year-old Wisconsin man Manuel Franco is winner of $768 million Powerball jackpot: ‘It feels like a dream’
The winning ticket was sold in March at a Speedway in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin man wins $768M Powerball jackpot
Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco is the winner of last month’s $768.4 million Powerball jackpot — the third-largest lottery amount in U.S. history.
“It feels like a dream,” Franco, 24, said at a press conference Tuesday.
“It was amazing, my heart started racing, blood pumping,” he said. “I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes.”
“My dad cried lot,” he added.
The winning ticket was sold on March 27 at a Speedway in New Berlin, about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.
“I walked into the Speedway and I purchased $10 worth of individual Powerball tickets,” Franco said. “I honestly felt so lucky that I did look up at the camera and I wanted to wink at it cause I just had that lucky feeling.”
He went to work the day after he won but was anxious and sweating. He said he never showed up to work again after that day.
Before the big win, Franco said his biggest concern was getting his bank account up to $1,000.
Franco, who was born in Milwaukee, has been playing Powerball since he turned 18. He said he bought his first ticket on his 18th birthday.
The jackpot has a lump sum cash value of $477 million, according to Powerball.
Franco said he is accepting the lump sum. He will receive just over $326 million after taxes, said lottery officials.
“I’m sure you’ll never see me as like one of the people who went bankrupt or broke or anything like that. I plan to live my life normal as much as possible,” he said.
Franco said he doesn’t know what his future holds but that he wants to “help out the world.”The winning ticket was sold in March at a Speedway in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
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Manuel Franco said he just felt lucky when he left work the day of the March drawing so he stopped at a New Berlin gas station. His hunch earned him the third largest amount in Powerball’s history.
Manuel Franco hands over $10 to buy winning lottery ticket
“Around 2 p.m. I had left work,” said Franco. “I pretty much felt lucky. It’s a weird lucky feeling. It’s not normal. It’s not natural at all.”
He is holding ten bucks in his hands wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans as he walks into the Speedway.
“I purchase $10 worth of individual Powerball tickets,” said Franco.
That $10 would soon be transformed into a $768 million jackpot.
“I honestly felt so lucky I did look up at the camera,” he said. “And I really wanted to wink at it because I had that lucky feeling.”
You see him glance up in the video looking for the camera but there is no wink.
Manuel Franco looks up at security camera as he buy lottery ticket
“I didn’t wink so I am kind of disappointed in that, but that’s alright,” said Franco.
It is probably more than alright because Franco is then handed that winning ticket in the security footage before walking out.
“Obviously everyone always hopes when you buy a ticket to actually win it,” said Franco. “And I can tell you when I won it I wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t ready for it at all. It’s really amazing to just win.”Manuel Franco said he just felt lucky when he left work the day of the March drawing so he stopped at a New Berlin gas station. ]]>