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Former teacher wins Wisconsin's largest Megabucks jackpot ever

Aug 11, 2015, 11:29 am

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Bought winning ticket while running to the store for milk

By Todd Northrop

A former high school teacher won Wisconsin's biggest Megabucks jackpot ever, thanks to a quick trip to pick up a gallon of milk.

John Rumpel, of Milwaukee, won $22.2 million from a Megabucks drawing, the Wisconsin Lottery said in a news release on Friday, marking the biggest Megabucks jackpot ever since the game began in 1992.

The winning numbers from the Saturday, May 30 Megabucks drawing were 21, 22, 34, 36, 40, and 43.  The odds of winning the jackpot were about 1 in 7 million.

Rumpel said he bought the May 30 ticket at a convenience store after his wife asked him to pick up a gallon of milk.

"It wasn't until after the drawing that I flipped on the news and saw that the winning ticket was sold in Milwaukee," Rumpel said. "I looked up and saw this convenience store and went 'Oh man, that might be me.'"

The father of two said he was standing in his house, alone, when he realized that he had won the lottery.

"I could hardly breathe, couldn't even realize that I had the winning numbers in my hand."

Rumpel chose the cash option of $15.7 million, the lottery said.

He purchased his winning ticket at A&I Services at 5030 West Howard Avenue in Milwaukee.  A&I Services will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

No one claimed the prize for two months, leading some to speculate that the winning ticket had been lost. When Rumpel finally stepped forward, he said it was a moment he won't soon forget.

He had 180 days from May 30th to claim the prize at the lottery's office in Madison.

"Getting that ticket to the lottery was very nerve-wracking," Rumpel said in a news conference.

The Rumpels said the first thing they will do with the money is to pay off their college loans. Rumpel also plans to take off some time from work. He's an alternative education teacher and department chair at Greenfield High School, according to the district website.

The gas station owner plans to invest the $100,000 in his business.

The Megabucks jackpot had been steadily growing for almost two years before it was hit on May 30.  The jackpot started at $1 million on June 26, 2013, and continued to grow over the next 200 drawings before it was hit for the record $22.2 million.

Megabucks is Wisconsin's own in-state lotto game. Drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday night.  Currently, the Megabucks jackpot is estimated at $1.3 million for Wednesday night's drawing.

Players choose six different numbers from 1 to 49.  The game costs $1 for two plays.  Tickets must be purchased 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday or Saturday to be included in that night's drawing.

Top Megabucks drawings

The largest Wisconsin Megabucks drawings since the game's inception in 1992 are:

  • $22.2 million (May 30, 2015)
  • $20.3 million (August 25, 2001)
  • $16.5 million (May 10, 1997)
  • $15.7 million (February 23, 1994)
  • $15.4 million (September 30, 2006)
  • $14.4 million (July 14, 2007)
  • $14.3 million (January 14, 2012)

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A long and winding road
United States
Member #17083
June 10, 2005
6507 Posts

QP winner and Got Milk! He is one rich  feller! WTG!!

One dollar for two plays? Sweet!

2500,2202,4441,6506,202, *13***

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
    United States
    Member #56504
    November 21, 2007
    6696 Posts

    Congrats to John Rumpel! That's a nice win. Yes Nod

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        Fresno, California
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        August 2, 2014
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         Wisconsin the Badger State. Congratulations !   Mr.Rumpel will end up with about $8 million after taxes. Excellent.


         "We are all in this together!" 

          cbr$'s avatar - maren
          United States
          Member #104478
          January 15, 2011
          11420 Posts

          Just going to the store for milk. Congratulation to John Rumpel on his Jackpot win! Party

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            No Man's Land
            United States
            Member #164133
            February 19, 2015
            6609 Posts

            200 drawings before it popped, and I thought it was hard to win anything in NC!

            WOW, great win and well deserved by someone that gives back to their community as a teacher.

            Read up on the scam that is NCEL:   Not Live Drawings!


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              White Shores- California
              United States
              Member #136473
              December 12, 2012
              6336 Posts

              Wisconsin has been on a tear lately: What if, just what if John was Pickone?

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                April 2, 2013
                1481 Posts

                Thumbs UpCongratulations. Now you can afford all the cheese and cheesecakes you want.

                Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                  United States
                  Member #167937
                  August 7, 2015
                  35 Posts

                  cool and congrats!

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                    Bronx, NY
                    United States
                    Member #164548
                    March 6, 2015
                    1374 Posts

                    Congratulations Mr Rumpel on your win its a beautiful day after all and 8 million dollars is a blessing.

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                      Member #163184
                      January 22, 2015
                      2282 Posts

                      Congratulations and what a bargain, two draws for a buck.  Unheard of anymore.  Enjoy your well deserved win.

                        sully16's avatar - sharan
                        United States
                        Member #81738
                        October 28, 2009
                        76804 Posts

                        Congrats to the Lucky guy.

                        Winter is coming !   Ned Stark.

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                          Gurnee, Illinois
                          United States
                          Member #49729
                          February 12, 2007
                          951 Posts

                          Although I try to play every multi state lottery game (MM/PB) drawing, I only buy advance draw Wisconsin MegaBucks tickets when that jackpot exceeds Illinois Lotto jackpot and also is in excess of $10 million. Looks like I will wait a year before I play that game again.

                          Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is one  MIRACLE I desire for 2019!!!  NOW come to my subconscious mind you 6 winning numbers!US Flag

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                            Member #154193
                            April 7, 2014
                            74 Posts

                            Congratulation to the lucky guy.

                            I can only hope that sooner or later, I can be as lucky.