24-year-old West Allis man claims $768 million lottery prize

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MADISON (WKOW) — Manuel Franco says he felt so lucky the day he bought his lottery ticket that he thought about winking at the security camera when he walked out of the store.

It turns out Franco had every reason to feel lucky, and today he claimed the $768 million Powerball prize.

Franco, 24, of West Allis, was introduced to the media during a news conference Tuesday at the Wisconsin lottery.

Franco says he’ll take his time to plan wisely for his newfound wealth.

In fact, it took him a day before he knew he had won.

Franco says he went to work the day following the drawing and heard that the winner was from Wisconsin.

“Well, at least I have a chance,” Franco remembered thinking.

It wasn’t until that evening that he began looking at  the tickets he had purchased.

“It was amazing,” Franco said. “I screamed for about five or 10 minutes.”

Franco said he worked for two more days, then never showed up at work again.

Before he won, he said his biggest financial worry was trying to figure out how to get his bank account to $1,000.

He’ll take the lump sum payment.

 

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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