GREEN BAY – Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the Green Bay area just became a $316-millionaire, if they claim the prize.
The winning ticket was sold at the Jackson Pointe Citgo, 2710 Packerland Drive, in Ashwaubenon. The retailer was announced at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but the winner has not come forward yet.
The Jackson Pointe Citgo will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket, Wisconsin Lottery director Cindy Polzin said Thursday at a news conference.
"When I got the call this morning, I wasn't too frazzled then, but now ... my heart's racing, I've got goosebumps all over," said Mary Willems, general manager of the Jackson Pointe Citgo. "It's just really great for our store, for our community here. We have a lot of regulars who play the game all the time, and I'm hoping that whoever won this ticket is a regular and that we can share in their joy."
Willems said she has held her position at the family-owned business for more than 15 years. Many customers come by regularly, and everyone knows each other's name, she said.
Polzin noted that this is the fourth major jackpot won in Wisconsin in less than four years, with three Powerball jackpots and one Mega Millions won in Wisconsin since March 2019.
Polzin offered instructions for the winner.
"First and foremost, please sign the back of your ticket. It is the only way to prove that you are the owner of that winning ticket," she said.
The winning Powerball ticket is worth an estimated $316.3 million, or $225.1 million with the cash option, according to Wisconsin Lottery officials. If the Wisconsin winner decides to take the cash amount — after federal taxes of $54 million and state taxes of $17.2 million — their final take-home prize will be $153.9 million.
The total jackpot of $632.6 million — the seventh largest in Powerball history — will be shared with another winner who bought a ticket in California.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday are: 6, 14, 25, 33, 46, Powerball 17.
The winning ticket holder has 180 days to come forward and claim their prize, according to lottery rules. Wisconsin Lottery says those seeking to claim the prize should call before showing up at its office in Madison.
Wisconsin has had 19 Powerball jackpot wins since the game debuted in 1992, according to lottery officials. Wisconsin has had the fourth most jackpot winners of the 45 participating Powerball states.
In March 2019, Wisconsin had a record-setting $768.4 million jackpot winner with a ticket sold at a Speedway in New Berlin. In June 2020, two Wisconsin friends from the Menomonie area split the Powerball jackpot of $22 million with a ticket bought at Synergy Coop Exit 45 in Menomonie.
The Powerball jackpot was last hit on Oct, 4, 2021, when a single ticket in California won $699.8 million.
The current jackpot went through 40 draws before winning numbers emerged Wednesday. The $632.6 million jackpot has a total cash value of $450.2 million.
The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
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