RACINE — One Racine man's life has just changed drastically after he won the $120 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Adrian Tongson claimed his prize on Nov. 10 after he purchased a lottery ticket from a Mount Pleasant Kwik Trip, 4924 Spring St.
The ticket was from the Sept. 15 drawing and totals $95.4 million in cash.
Tongson is a regular Mega Millions player, the Wisconsin Lottery said in a press release Tuesday.
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"Regardless of how much you spend, it only takes one ticket to win. That's what won it for me," said Tongson, who didn't realize he won the jackpot until checking his ticket weeks after the drawing.
Tongson has since quit his job and is making plans for his winnings.
This win is the first Mega Millions Jackpot win in Wisconsin since the game debuted in 2010. There have been several $1 million winners, but no jackpots until now.
“I’m simply thrilled for Adrian! As a loyal Lottery player, he certainly is a perfect first Mega Millions jackpot winner for our state,” said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “Congratulations go to our retail partner Kwik Trip for selling the lucky ticket!”
Because Kwik Trip sold the ticket, they were awarded $100K.
“We are proud to be a Wisconsin Lottery partner and excited for our customer who purchased this lucky ticket. Kwik Trip will receive $100,000 for selling the ticket so we are delighted for our coworkers who share in our profits,” said John McHugh, Kwik Trip Director of Public Relations.
Tongson's win is also a win for Wisconsin taxpayers, the Wisconsin Lottery said, because state taxes collected on prizes $2,000 and up are 7.65 percent of the winning ticket.
For a big win like this, there is an extra win for Wisconsin taxpayers," said Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca. "The state tax collected on the winning Mega Millions ticket totals about $7.3 Million, so taxpayers are winning too."