Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘It Feels Like A Dream’: Wisconsin Man Wins $768.4M Powerball Jackpot

‘It Feels Like A Dream’: Wisconsin Man Wins $768.4M Powerball Jackpot

Manuel Franco, 24, of West Allis is the victor of the $768 million Powerball jackpot.

The Speedway where the ticket was sold will get $100,000.

Franco purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at a Speedway in New Berlin (shown), in March.

He says when he bought the tickets, he just had a good feeling.

Franco says he quit his job a couple days later but declined to say where he worked. "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". In the end, he did not.

Franco said his heart started racing when he realized one of the 10 individual tickets he bought a Powerball drawing last month was a victor. During the day, he heard all the buzz about someone from Wisconsin hitting the jackpot - and grew curious.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Franco said he got excited about that.

Franco told reporters: "It was wonderful, my heart started racing, blood pumping", he said.

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'I looked at the first number, I see that second number and my heart starts to pump. "I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes".

Franco said his financial goal before winning the jackpot was getting his bank account to the $1,000 mark.

He added, "My dad cried a lot". "I thought there was somebody behind me every single day". And she's like, 'You need to tell me the truth.

"I want to take a break, let it sink in", Franco said.

After deciding to take the lump sum of $477 million, which will leave him with $326 million after taxes, Franco said he doesn't plan to be too extravagant and will try to "help out the world, " ABC reported.

The $768.4 million win ranks behind the $1.586 billion Powerball total shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016 and the single $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot victor from SC last October.

His winning ticket had the numbers 6,20, 37, 44, 62, and the Powerball number 12.

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