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West Allis locals happy Power Ball winner is from the area

West Allis locals happy Power Ball winner is from the area
Posted at 5:04 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 18:06:16-04

In the city of West Allis, the talk of the town is lotto fever. Locals said they were shocked to hear Manuel Franco, the winner of the big jackpot was a native.

Rafael Mercado had lived in West Allis since 1999, he said it's not every day someone from the area becomes an instant multi-millionaire.

"It's pretty cool because it's somebody close," Mercado said.

He watched yesterday's lottery press conference and said Franco seemed like a nice down to earth guy, a great representation of the city.

"He was Hispanic and 24 years old, so it shows the diversity of West Allis," Mercado said. "The Hispanic, young population."

Mayor Dan Devine said he was shocked when he heard the news.

"It's great attention for the city," Devine said. "I'm sure a lot of people are trying to look up West Allis online."

He said this morning he even got an email from a local wanting to get in touch with Franco. In the email, the person stated he had a business idea.

"His name hasn't even been out there a full 24 hours and someone is emailing the mayor of the community he lives in because I might know him," Devine said. "I was just shocked."

The mayor said he wishes the young man well.