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Wisconsin couple wins $15.4M Megabucks lottery jackpot

Wisconsin LotteryWisconsin Lottery: Wisconsin couple wins $15.4M Megabucks lottery jackpot

The winners of the biggest Megabucks jackpot won in Door County were introduced Monday in Fish Creek. The shock of winning still hasn't gone away for the lucky couple.

Nearly 30 years of playing the lottery made Pat and Chuck Stage occasional winners. Monday's trip to the Fish Creek BP made them multi-millionaires.

Pat's played the same numbers for years but never heard them all on the news until two Wednesdays ago.

"She started checking the numbers, and I heard a blood-curdling scream," Chuck recalls.

"I said, 'We won! We won!'" Pat says.

"You just have that usual banter going back and forth — 'Are you kidding me?'-type thing — and then we told all the kids in the house," son Jan Stage said.

And what did Chuck do, knowing he was becoming a millionaire? "Get settled down. I got dressed and went to work."

It was the biggest Megabucks jackpot in five years. The Stages chose the lump-sum payment of almost $6 million.

"We're in our 60s, so we figured the lump sum was the best way to go," Pat says.

Chuck says he'll keep his part-time job trimming trees while the Stages pay debts and give money to their kids and to charity.

The husband and wife who own the Fish Creek BP are getting plenty out of this, too. The state gives them a $100,000 commission and all the attention that comes from selling a winning lottery ticket.

Mike Jacobsen says he planned to have some work done on the station anyway, and some of the cash will go toward that, "probably a little into retirement, and hopefully some left over for a trip."


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United States
Member #44530
August 5, 2006
8439 Posts
Posted: October 31, 2006, 7:47 am - IP Logged

Boy did they get a treat, a big treat.

Congrats to them!!!!


 Haunted House 


    weshar75's avatar - Lottery-042.jpg
    Mcminnville, Oregon
    United States
    Member #3013
    December 13, 2003
    3046 Posts
    Posted: October 31, 2006, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

    It is nice to see that their numbers finally came through for them.-weshar75

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
      Wandering Aimlessly
      United States
      Member #25360
      November 5, 2005
      4461 Posts
      Posted: November 1, 2006, 12:36 am - IP Logged

      30 years?  Wow!  There's still hope for me yet.  Dance


      (Time to eat all the leftover candy.)

        dingo's avatar - lottery of-birth.jpg
        San Jose, California
        United States
        Member #42003
        June 26, 2006
        206 Posts
        Posted: November 2, 2006, 2:18 am - IP Logged

        I am happy for them.

        Today I am lucky too. Pick up $1 on Mcdonald's Drive-Thru. This is my 3rd time. The first dollar I banked it already. $2 still remain in my spare change jar.