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Manuel Franco: West Allis man, 24, comes forward to claim $768M Powerball prize

Posted at 12:17 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 23:18:42-04

The secret is out!

After nearly a month of anxiously waiting, a 24-year-old West Allis man named Manuel Franco has come forward to claim the $768 million Powerball jackpot.

It holds the record of the second largest jackpot ever.

The golden ticket was sold at a New Berlin Speedway Mar. 27.

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

Watch Manuel Franco's full introductory news conference here:

"It was amazing, my heart started racing..I screamed for five to ten minutes," he said.

"My dad cried a lot. My mom she thought I was in trouble, and she's like you need to tell me the truth," Franco added.

Franco says he quit his job two days after finding out the big news. He plans on taking the lump sum. He also hired a team of financial experts and lawyers to help him manage his winnings.

"It’s amazing. It feels like a dream. It feels like honestly any moment I’m gonna wake up and I’m just gonna be back in my room in my bed and it’s going to be a disappointment. I can see you guys are all here and it’s not that way," Franco said laughing.

The win comes almost two years after Wisconsin hit its last Powerball jackpot, when a Milwaukee resident won $156.2 million on March 22, 2017.

TODAY'S TMJ4's I-Team found that odds for the lottery in Wisconsin have been particularly lucky over the last year.

Powerball has paid out the most in Wisconsin from April 2018 to April 2019, and that amount will increase substantially after the winner of the $768 million Powerball jackpot comes forward.

Milwaukee has the top spot for Wisconsin cities' lottery payouts -- over $5 million.