Man's frank admission after scooping $1billion lottery jackpot

Clay Curtis
April 24, 2019

The victor of the third-largest jackpot in Powerball history was expected to come forward in Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon.

The fourth largest lottery jackpot in history was won by a player in Wisconsin.

He revealed he was "feeling lucky" on March 27 when he purchased the ticket in Milwaukee for that night's draw.

It wasn't until he heard the winning ticket was sold in New Berlin that he thought to check his numbers.

"And I see that second number and my heart starts to pump and whatnot, and at that moment I'm like, "No frickin" way, ' you know", Franco said.

Instead of receiving his money through an annuity, Franco elected to receive a one-time lump sum payment.

Franco claimed the cash option payout of the prize, totaling approximately $477 million before taxes.

"It was incredible, my heart started racing, blood pumping", he said. "I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes", ABC News reported. "My mom she thought I was in trouble, and she's like you need to tell me the truth", Franco added.

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'I felt so lucky that i looked up at the camera and I wanted to wink at it because I really had that lucky feeling'.

Franco says he plans to be wise about spending his new wealth and wants "to help out the world".

A sign in the window of a liquor store shows the Powerball lottery jackpot at $700 million in Washington, on January 7, 2016.

Under Wisconsin law, the victor or winners can't remain anonymous and they have 180 days to claim the prize.

Franco spoke at length with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, describing in detail the day he had purchased the tickets that led to this big win.

Franco's ticket for the March 27 drawing was the only one to match all six numbers - beating odds of 1 in 292,201,338.

Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin called the win an "amazing milestone moment" for the state. The state of Wisconsin also has a tax on the winning. Wisconsin ranks sixth out of all the states in the USA for most wins in Powerball history.

Franco declined to reveal much about himself at a news conference conducted by Wisconsin Lottery officials, smiling often but deflecting questions such as what he did for a living and what kind of auto he drives.

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