Powerball winner steps forward one month later


(NBC News) – The winner of Powerball’s second largest jackpot in history has finally stepped forward to claim the prize money.

The Wisconsin Lottery Commission announced Tuesday that 24-year old Manuel Franco bought the winning ticket worth $768.4 million.

Franco, who purchased the ticket at a New Berlin Speedway March 27th, said he bought ten individual tickets after work because he was feeling lucky.

“I honestly felt so lucky that I looked up at the camera, and I really wanted to wink at it because I just had that lucky feeling,” he said. 

Franco admitted he never watches the drawings, and found out he won by searching the numbers after finding out the ticket was sold in Wisconsin.

He quit his job two days after finding out the big news, and plans on taking the lump sum payout.

“When I knew that I had won, I honestly couldn’t work,” he said. “I was just sweating so much that I’m sure everyone at work noticed, and I really wanted to say something, but to anybody there, but I knew that was a bad decision and I pretty much never showed up for work again.”

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