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Wisconsin vet's error wins him $14.3M lottery jackpot

money070111_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Napolean Elvord of Wisconsin came to a Madison Mobil station to buy Powerball tickets, and mistakenly bought a Megabucks number, a game played exclusively in Wisconsin.

His mistake gained him $14.3 million. That's before taxes of course, but he’s not complaining.

Manager Corky Wunderlin of the Kelley Williamson Mobil station said, "He thought it was Wednesday's drawing that had the multimillion winner,” according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Elvord believed he had purchased a Powerball ticket, and said he was not the winner, according to the International Business Times.

Elvord is a Vietnam veteran who needs a kidney transplant. He has been receiving kidney dialysis for five years. He accepted the $10.2 million lump sum payment, giving him $6.87 million after taxes instead of the annuity payments. He plans to take care of his health insurance first, and move back to his native Texas.

Elvord, in his late 50s, told NBC 15, "I do look at the economy and think about the people that have lost homes that had homes and had jobs. I'm into construction, and I'm looking at possibly doing something in that area to re-sell homes and bring people back into their housing area."

Closer to home, the estimated Powerball jackpot for the drawing of Wednesday, January 25 is $120 million, with a cash option value of $75.1 million. Delawareonline.com reports that the winning numbers for the Saturday, January 21 drawing were 12-24-43-44-45, and the Powerball was 7.

One ticket, sold in Arizona, matched the first five numbers without the Powerball to win $1 million. These are the first weeks of play since Powerball increased its starting jackpot to $40 million, and its single ticket price to $2 January 15.

 

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