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Wisconsin has double lottery jackpots for the first time ever

Wisconsin LotteryWisconsin Lottery: Wisconsin has double lottery jackpots for the first time ever

Two big lottery jackpots were won in Wisconsin Saturday, the first time that winning tickets for the top prizes in Powerball and Megabucks were sold in the state on the same day, lottery officials said.

"That's never happened in 13 years" since the games began, Andrew Bohage, a spokesman for the Wisconsin State Lottery, said Sunday. "We haven't even figured out the odds of that happening."

A customer at the Thiensville Mobil Mart in Ozaukee County beat odds of 1 in 120 million to win Saturday's $36.8 million Powerball jackpot.

Someone who bought a Megabucks ticket from a Kwik Trip store in Marshall, in Dane County, won Saturday's $1.9 million jackpot for that game, Bohage said. The odds of winning a Megabucks jackpot is 1 in nearly 7 million.

"Oh, my God!" shouted Richard Frandsen, the Thiensville convenience store's assistant manager, when informed about someone's lucky purchase.

"We have been saying it's going to happen here someday," Frandsen said. "Nothing real serious has been won in this store." He defines serious as any lottery prize of more than $500.

The person responsible for breaking the store's jackpot drought had not come forward to claim the prize as of Sunday evening.

The winning Powerball numbers were 9, 11, 22, 24, 43 and the Powerball was 2.

Each of the jackpot winners has 180 days to claim the prize at the lottery's headquarters in Madison.

"I'm curious if this is a regular customer or someone passing through," Frandsen said. "We do have some junkies who will come in here and gamble every single day.

"I hope I sold that person the ticket," he said, noting that regular ticket buyers frequently promise to share winnings with the cashier.

"Some will tell us that they'll buy us a Cadillac or that we'll never have to work again in our lives if we sell them the winning ticket," Frandsen said.

The Mobil Mart is at 301 N. Main St. in Thiensville.

The state lottery office will determine Monday what day last week that the jackpot-winning tickets were sold, according to Bohage.

No one had won a Powerball jackpot in Wisconsin since July 2000 when a winning ticket was sold in Germantown. A Germantown resident and her son claimed a $10million prize.

Saturday's Powerball jackpot winner is the 11th in the state - and the first in Ozaukee County - since the game began in 1992, Bohage said.

The Thiensville business will receive a $100,000 commission from the state lottery for selling the ticket.

A commission of $38,000 will be paid to the Kwik Trip at 436 W. Main St. in Marshall.

This was the 57th Megabucks jackpot won since the Wisconsin-only game began. The game's top prize was won most recently in November in Walworth County by a resident of Palmyra. That man claimed a $1.1 million prize.

No one had stepped forward to claim the Megabucks prize as of Sunday evening. The winning numbers were 5, 13, 20, 43, 45 and 46.

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United States
Member #1610
June 3, 2003
668 Posts
Posted: January 10, 2005, 4:48 pm - IP Logged

We may have had lottery luck in Wisconsin this weekend, but not the case with football.


... the lottery never fails to surprise!
    Maverick's avatar - yinyang
    United States
    Member #8242
    October 29, 2004
    1133 Posts
    Posted: January 10, 2005, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

    Dang, let some of that Wisconsin wind flow this way to New York

      United States
      Member #379
      June 5, 2002
      11296 Posts
      Posted: January 10, 2005, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

      And WI players still have to go elsewhere for Hot Lotto...

        Milwaukee, WI
        United States
        Member #3131
        December 27, 2003
        665 Posts
        Posted: January 11, 2005, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

        And both Jackpots were won on Main St...   :-)


          United States
          Member #379
          June 5, 2002
          11296 Posts
          Posted: January 12, 2005, 12:59 pm - IP Logged

          Isn't the WI Lottery logo reminiscent of Looney Tunes?

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            Chief Bottle Washer
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #1
            May 31, 2000
            23261 Posts
            Posted: January 12, 2005, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

            I think it looks like an archery target myself.


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              United States
              Member #379
              June 5, 2002
              11296 Posts
              Posted: January 14, 2005, 11:21 am - IP Logged

              Yeah, with a different color scheme.