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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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Forget job-hunting, now he can go house-hunting.

A New Jersey college kid dreading a lecture from his dad about getting a summer job decided to check his Mega Millions lottery ticket — and found out he’d won a cool $1 million.

Kristopher Chrysanthopoulos, 20, bought a ticket for the May 28 drawing, but spaced on checking his numbers until two days later when he and his dad were on their way to lunch, New Jersey Lottery officials said Tuesday.

Knowing he was in for the familiar father-son talk about getting summer work, Chrysanthopoulos decided the car ride was as good a time as any to pull his ticket out of his wallet and compare his numbers against the NJ Lottery app.

“Dad, I’ve got five numbers!” shouted the Oceanport student, according to lottery officials.

After Chrysanthopoulos’ dad pulled over the car and confirmed that his son wasn’t playing a prank — or trying to weasel out of a job — they headed to the closest vendor to validate the results.

By matching all five white balls, Chrysanthopoulos netted himself $1 million.

Had he also hit the gold Mega ball, he would have snagged another $413 million. That jackpot remains unclaimed, and is now up to $475 million, with the next drawing set for Tuesday night.

Chrysanthopoulos plans to take his family on a trip, then squirrel away the rest of his windfall for the future — but there was no word on whether he still has to get a summer job.

Kristopher Chrysanthopoulos, 20, bought a ticket for the May 28 drawing, but spaced on checking his numbers until two days later when he and his dad were on their way to lunch, New Jersey Lottery officials said Tuesday. ]]>