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Joven reclama premio de lotería de 768 millones en Wisconsin

$768M Wisconsin Powerball Winner ‘Pretty Much Felt Lucky’

WISCONSIN (AP) — Un joven de 24 años de Wisconsin reclamó un premio de 768 millones de dólares de la lotería Powerball, el tercer premio de lotería más gordo del país, y dijo que “más que nada sintió que tenía suerte” el día que compró su boleto y que ha estado preocupado de que la gente quiera robarle el boleto.

Manuel Franco, de West Allis, dijo que compró 10 dólares en boletos para la lotería del 27 de marzo.

Franco se negó a dar mucha información personal durante la conferencia de prensa convocada por funcionarios de la Lotería de Wisconsin, sonriendo muchas veces pero evadiendo preguntas. Pero el ganador dijo que renunció dos días después de ganar el premio mayor, diciendo que simplemente no pudo seguir trabajando.

El premio es de 768 millones si el ganador escoge recibir anualidades durante 29 años. El ganador también puede escoger 477 millones en efectivo, opción que escogió Franco. El estado se quedará con 36,4 millones en impuestos y el gobierno federal retendrá 114,6 millones en impuestos, dejando a Franco con 326 millones.

Franco dijo que antes de ganar la lotería su meta financiera era tener 1.000 dólares en su cuenta bancaria. Dijo que espera poder hacer algunas donaciones y que estaba preparado para cuando la gente le pidiera dinero.

De acuerdo con la ley de Wisconsin, los ganadores de lotería no pueden mantenerse anónimos.

 

 

English:

WISCONSIN (AP) — A 24-year-old Wisconsin man stepped forward to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation’s third-largest lottery jackpot, saying he “pretty much felt lucky” the day he bought his tickets and has been worried that people want to steal his ticket.

Manuel Franco, of West Allis, said he was sorting through $10 worth of quick-pick tickets after the March 27 drawing and thought he had checked all his tickets. 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.

Franco declined to reveal much about himself at a news conference conducted by Wisconsin Lottery officials, smiling often but deflecting questions such as what he did for a living and what kind of car he drives. Franco did say he quit work the second day after winning, saying he just couldn’t continue.

The $768 million prize refers to an annuity option paid over 29 years. The winner also can choose a $477 million cash option, which was the route Franco picked. The state will keep $36.4 million in taxes and the federal government will keep $114.6 million in taxes, leaving Franco with $326 million.

Franco said his financial goal before winning the jackpot was getting his bank account to the $1,000 mark. He said he hoped to make some charitable contributions and was prepared for people who might come asking for money.

Under Wisconsin law, winners cannot remain anonymous. Franco said as soon as he realized he had won he started feeling paranoid and put his winning ticket in a safe.

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