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Sen. Tim Carpenter to introduce bill to designate WI share of lottery money for road improvements

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 13:13:09-04

After a $768 million Powerball win by a West Allis man, one Wisconsin senator is trying to get ahead of where the state's share of the money will go.

Sen. Tim Carpenter said in a statement Wednesday that he is drafting a bill that will direct the state's share of the nearly record-breaking victory to improve local roads.

"This bill would put that money directly into addressing one of our most pressing needs without the need for increased taxes,” said Carpenter.

The winner came forward Tuesday to claim the massive jackpot. He said he would take the $477 million lump sum.

“The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that of the state tax liability that results, if the winner takes the $477 million lump sum payment, that would be a $36.5 million windfall for Wisconsin," said Carpenter.