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A 24-year-old man has become the third largest jackpot winner in US history after winning $768.4 million Powerball Jackpot
Manuel Franco, from West Allis, Wisconsin, bought a Quick Pick ticket worth $10 at a Speedway in New Berlin, in March.
‘Around 2 pm I had left work. I had pretty much felt lucky… it’s a weird feeling, not natural at all,’ he said at the press conference.
‘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.’
On the day of the March 27 draw, Franco went to work without checking if he won.
‘I went to work not knowing any better to check… I left work that day, I remember hearing that day “Powerball winner Wisconsin.”’
‘I got home, saw the tickets me and my girlfriend had bought together…went on my computer, searched up the Powerball numbers.’
‘I looked at the first number, I see that second number and my heart starts to pump. I’m like “No fricking way.”’
‘I looked at the Powerball number and it matched. At this point, it was going insane. I don’t want to embarrass myself on live TV, but it was amazing.’
‘My heart was pumping and my blood felt warm; I screamed for about five or ten minutes.’
A day later, he quit his job and now, he plans to live his life as ‘normal as much as possible’ and to ‘help out the world.’
‘It feels like a dream – like any moment I’m going to be back in my room, laying and it’s going to be a disappointment,’ he said at the press conference.
‘I simply can’t believe that an ordinary guy like me could ever win the Powerball.’
‘I’m just gonna take off somewhere and take my time with it. [I’ll] talk to my family about it and make sure I’m spending the money the right way.’
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