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Wisconsin Lottery Player Plays Wrong Game-Wins Huge Jackpot

Occasionally a big lottery win comes at the nick of time. There have been several cases of people facing foreclosure winning a huge jackpot in time to save their homes. For Napolean Elvord, 58, of Madison, Wisconsin a $14.3 million lottery win arrived in time to literally save his life. Elvord is a veteran who had been on dialysis for five years. Elvord needs a kidney transplant and the jackpot is sure to help him cope with the expenses associated with expensive transplant surgery.

Elvord told reporters he was in line at a local Mobil Oil station in Madison and decided to let another customer go in front of him. The store clerk handed him a Megabucks ticket with computer generated numbers. Elvord told a local newspaper ‘I think it was a mistake because I was trying to play the Powerball.” When the winner was announced it was revealed that the winning ticket had been purchased at the same gas station where Elvord bought his ticket. The next day store clerk Paul Muchie asked Elvord, a regular customer at the station, ‘Were you the big winner?’ Elvord told Muchie that he was not the winner.

Time passed and the jackpot remained unclaimed. Clerks at the gas station pressured Elvord to double check his ticket. When Elvord found the winning ticket on his coffee table he took it to lottery officials still unaware of his extremely good luck. When he showed up at the lottery offices officials accused him of forging the ticket. Elvord stated “The first thing they asked me was, ‘Did you make up the ticket?'”  Elvord opted for a lump sum payout of $10.2 million. After state and federal taxes Elvord will take home about $6.9 million. Elvord said his first priority will be the purchase of health insurance for himself. His kidneys are failing and his health is not good. He also plans a move to a warmer climate and indicated he may move to Texas.

Megabucks is a jackpot game offered by the Wisconsin state lottery. Drawings take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players must select 6 numbers from a field of 1 through 49. Other games offered by the Wisconsin include pick 3, pick 4, Badger 5, Megabucks, Powerball and Mega Millions. The Wisconsin lottery launched daily drawings in 1991. The Wisconsin lottery is operated by gaming giant GTECH.