New Berlin Powerball victor claims prize

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Manuel Franco has been buying Powerball tickets since he turned 18.

He claimed the $768.4 million jackpot Tuesday.

Manuel Franco, 24, claimed the staggering US$768million ($1.008 billion) Powerball jackpot - the third largest in United States history.

Manuel Franco purchased the ticket at a Speedway gas station in New Berlin. "And, it feels honestly like any moment I'm going to wake up and I'm just going to be back in my room, laying on my bed, and it's going to be a disappointment", he said.

The jackpot has a lump sum cash value of $477 million, according to the Powerball website.

Franco said his financial goal before winning the jackpot was getting his bank account to the $1,000 mark. My heart started racing, my blood started pumping, I felt warm. "I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes", ABC News reported.

He went into work the next day, but was sweating profusely and barely able to hide the good news from his coworkers.

"I'm ready and I know how to say no", Mr Franco said.

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Milwaukee-born Franco says he now hopes to use his unfathomable change of fortune to 'help out the world'.

State law in Wisconsin doesn't allow lottery winners to stay anonymous.

Franco had 180 days to claim the ticket.

A sign in the window of a liquor store shows the Powerball lottery jackpot at $700 million in Washington, on January 7, 2016. "I thought there was somebody behind me every single day". Then he saw one last ticket stuck to another one, and recounted to reporters the feeling as he matched the first two numbers, then glanced at the Powerball to see it matched too.

The odds of matching all six balls in the Powerball drawing were 1 in 292.2 million.

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

Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin called the win an "amazing milestone moment" for the state.

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