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.
Powerball $730M jackpot would be game’s 4th largest. Ranking the 11 biggest Powerball jackpot winners.
Sooner or later, someone across the country will hit the Powerball jackpot, which has swelled to $730 million after more than four months without a top-prize winner.
If someone hits the jackpot Wednesday, it would rank as the fourth-biggest in the multi-state game’s history. The drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. tonight and televised on WABC-7 in New York City and Fox 29 in Philadelphia.
NJ.com will publish the winning numbers immediately following the conclusion of the drawing.
An electronic lottery sign in Edison shows how high the Powerball jackpot has soared for this week’s drawing, as of Tuesday night. Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The top 11 Powerball jackpots:
No. 11 – $448.8 million Powerball jackpot (3 winners)
Two of the three tickets sold for the $448.8 million jackpot on Aug. 7, 2013 were bought in New Jersey. A group of 16 coworkers at the Ocean County vehicle maintenance garage claimed one ticket and joined Mario Scarnici, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, as newly minted millionaires more than seven years ago. The other ticket was bought in Minnesota.
No. 10 — $456.7 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
A single ticket bought at a Speedway gas station in Manheim, Pennsylvania for the March 16, 2018 Powerball drawing hit the jackpot that night. At the time, it was the 8th biggest prize in Powerball history.
Emerald Legacy Trust chose the cash option of $273,959,698 and received a check for $199,798,807.75 after state and federal taxes were deducted. It remains the largest lottery prize won in Pennsylvania.
No. 9 — $487 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
A law firm claimed the prize on behalf of the anonymous July 30, 2016 New Hampshire winner. The lucky ticket holder chose the cash option and won $256.3 after creating the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust.
The lucky ticket was bought at Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond.
No. 8 — $559.7 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
One winning Powerball ticket worth $559.7 million was sold in New Hampshire for the drawing on Jan. 6, 2018. The winner turned out to be a New Hampshire woman, who took legal action to remain anonymous, even though her state says lottery winners’ names and hometowns are public information, CBS News reported.
No. 7 — $564.1 million Powerball jackpot (3 winners)
Single mother Marie Holmes of Shalotte, North Carolina, won one-third of a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot on Feb. 11, 2015. The other winning tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico.
No. 6 — $587.5 million Powerball jackpot (2 winners)
Cindy and Mark Hill of Missouri won half of a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on Nov. 28, 2012. The other winning jackpot ticket was purchased by Matthew Good, at the time a 37-year-old resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona.
No. 5 — $590.5 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
Gloria MacKenzie, of the town of Zephyrhills in Florida, held the distinction at the time of winning the largest lottery jackpot that didn’t have to be shared. The 84-year-old woman won $590.5 million playing Powerball on May 18, 2013.
The cash value of the ticket was $370.9 million. She took home $278 million after taxes.
No. 4 — $687.8 million Powerball jackpot (2 winners)
Two winning tickets were sold, one in Iowa and one in New York state, splitting a Powerball jackpot of $687.8 million on Oct. 27, 2018.
One of the winners was an Iowa grandmother, 51-year-old Lerynne West, who accidentally left her winning ticket inside her sister’s truck for a couple of days before she found it and checked the numbers, according to a report by CNN.
The New York winner was identified as 67-year-old Robert Bailey, a retired government worker from Manhattan. Bailey opted for a lump-sum payment, so his prize of $343.8 million was trimmed down to about $125.5 million after taxes.
No. 3 — $758.7 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
A 53-year-old hospital worker named Mavis L. Wanczyk held the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $758.7 million that was sold in Massachusetts for the then-record drawing on Aug. 23, 2017.
Lottery officials said the woman decided to take a lump-sum payment of $480 million, which turned out to be about $336 million after income taxes were taken out, Boston.com reported at the time.
No. 2 — $768.4 million Powerball jackpot (1 winner)
One winning ticket worth $768.4 million was sold in Wisconsin for the Powerball drawing on March 27, 2019. The prize was claimed by 24-year-old Manuel Franco, who purchased the lucky ticket at a Speedway station in a Milwaukee suburb.
No. 1 — $1.59 billion Powerball jackpot (3 winners)
Three winning tickets split a record $1,586,000,000 jackpot on Jan. 13, 2016. The lucky tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee. Lisa and John Robinson, of Munford, Tennessee, were the only winners to be photographed or interviewed.
The winning ticket in California was sold to Marvin and Mae Acosta at a 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills, and the Florida prize was claimed by “The Nickel 95 Trust.” The holders of each of the three wining tickets chose the cash option of $327.8 million before taxes were taken out.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.Powerball $730M jackpot would be game’s 4th largest. Ranking the 11 biggest Powerball jackpot winners. Sooner or later, someone across the country will hit the Powerball jackpot, which has ]]>