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Wisconsin Man Claims $120M Mega Millions Jackpot, Immediately Quits Job

Posted on: November 22, 2020, 11:00h.

Last updated on: November 22, 2020, 11:36h.

A Wisconsin man is heading into retirement after winning a $120 million Mega Millions jackpot in September.

A man in Wisconsin is quitting his day job after winning the Mega Millions jackpot. (Image: Wisconsin Lottery)

Adrian Tongson of Racine said he didn’t realize he won the September 15 jackpot until several weeks after the draw. Tongson, who has been a regular lottery player for years, came forward to the Wisconsin Lottery on November 10 to claim his millions.

Regardless of how much you spend, it only takes one ticket to win,” Tongson said in a press release. “That’s what won it for me.”

Tongson successfully picked the winning numbers 25, 28, 38, 59, and 62, with the Mega Ball number 22. The odds of such a feat are one in 302,575,350.

Tongson purchased the $2 ticket at the Kwik Trip at 4924 Spring Street in Mount Pleasant. For selling the lucky ticket, Kwik Trip receives a $100,000 check from Mega Millions.

Tongson chose the cash option worth approximately $95.4 million. After federal and state taxes, he took home about $65.2 million. Wisconsin will collect approximately $7.3 million in taxes.

“I’m simply thrilled for Adrian,” said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “As a loyal Lottery player, he certainly is a perfect first Mega Millions jackpot winner for our state. Congratulations go to our retail partner Kwik Trip for selling the lucky ticket.”

Mega Millions Less Mega

COVID-19 has led to reduced lottery sales, as many brick-and-mortar lottery retailers across the nation have been forced to close on state orders.

As retailers printed fewer tickets, Mega Millions and Powerball both altered their gameplay. The interstate lotteries did away with guaranteed minimum jackpots and guaranteed jackpot increases between draws.

While 45 states have lotteries, only 10 sell lottery tickets online — Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. And only eight of those states sell Mega Millions tickets online.

Prior to the pandemic, the interstate lotteries were amid a jackpot boom. That’s largely because Mega Millions and Powerball made winning their jackpots even more unlikely in recent years.

Top 5 US Lottery Jackpots

  1. $1.58B — Powerball — 2016
  2. $1.53B — Mega Millions — 2018
  3. $768.4M — Powerball — 2019
  4. $758.7M — Powerball — 2017
  5. $687.8M — Powerball — 2018

Wisconsin Winners Must Go Public

Wisconsin requires that the identities of all lottery winners be made public. That isn’t the case in many other states.

Manuel Franco, who won the $768.4 million Powerball jackpot in 2019, said he would have remained anonymous if permitted. “We absolutely would have claimed the prize anonymously,” said Franco’s attorney Andrew Stoltmann, last year.

Wisconsin’s open records law requires the mandatory public disclosure of lucky Badger State residents. However, it is up to each winner to decide whether they wish to speak to the media.

A South Carolina woman was afforded anonymity when she won the second-largest prize in US lottery history in 2018. “I guarantee that her life is much simpler than in states where you can’t remain anonymous,” Stoltmann stated.

A Wisconsin man has come forward to claim a $120 million Mega Millions jackpot that he won during the September 15 drawing.

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Number of Wisconsin Mega Millions Winners

For 11/24/2020 | 9215 Wisconsin Winners

Match Amount Mega Millions Winners Megaplier Winners
Match 5 + Mega Ball $200,000,000 0 0
Match 5 $1,000,000 0 0
Match 4 + Mega Ball $10,000 0 0
Match 4 $500 3 2
Match 3 + Mega Ball $200 9 2
Match 3 $10 253 110
Match 2 + Mega Ball $10 204 126
Match 1 + Mega Ball $4 1679 776
Match Mega Ball Only $2 4163 1888

HOW TO PLAY MEGA MILLIONS:

Choose five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.

Place wagers by asking for a QUICK PICK or by using the Mega Millions playslip. Playslips are available at Wisconsin Lottery retailers.

Choose how many draws to play. Each ticket costs $2 per play per draw. Mega Millions can be played up to 8 draws (4 weeks) in advance.

Select the Megaplier feature (an additional $1 per play) for a chance to multiply winnings.

Check playslip carefully before handing it to the retailer. MEGA MILLIONS TICKETS CANNOT BE CANCELLED.

Give completed playslip and cash to the retailer.

Receive, sign, and safeguard ticket. A ticket is needed to claim a prize. Playslips are not valid to claim a prize.

For each play, all six selected numbers are printed on one line of the ticket with the Mega Ball number printed to the right, under the word “MEGA.”

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HOW TO WIN MEGA MILLIONS:

Match Win odds
5 of 5 + Mega Ball JACKPOT* 1:302,575,350
5 of 5 $1,000,000 1:12,607,307
4 of 5 + Mega Ball $10,000 1:931,002
4 of 5 $500 1:38,792
3 of 5 + Mega Ball $200 1:14,547
3 of 5 $10 1:607
2 of 5 + Mega Ball $10 1:693
1 of 5 + Mega Ball $4 1:90
0 of 5 + Mega Ball $2 1:37

DRAW DAYS:

SU M T W TH F S
Drawings are Tuesday and Friday at 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased before 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday to be included in that day’s drawing.

JACKPOT amount is estimated. Mega Millions odds based on one play for $2. Prizes are approximately 50.0% of sales. *The prize money allocated to the JACKPOT shall be equally divided by the number of plays correctly matching all 6 numbers. JACKPOT winner has 60 days from date of ticket validations to select either the annuity payment method of 30 annual installments or the cash option payment method. A cash option JACKPOT prize will be equal to the total cash held for the JACKPOT pool, which will be less than the estimated JACKPOT. JACKPOTS not won will be carried forward to the next drawing. Prizes up to $599 may be claimed at a Wisconsin Lottery retailer. Prizes $600 and over must be claimed at a Lottery office or by mail. Prizes $200,000 and over must be claimed at the Madison Validation office. Tickets, transactions, and winners are subject to state law and Lottery regulations. Purchasers must be at least 18 years old. Prizes not claimed within 180 days after drawing are forfeited. For more details regarding features and procedures for Mega Millions and Megaplier, please visit wilottery.com for contact information.

HOW TO MULTIPLY WINNINGS WITH MEGAPLIER:

  • For an additional $1 per play per draw (total cost will be $3), Megaplier will increase NON-jackpot winnings.
  • To select Megaplier, mark the Megaplier circle on the playslip, or ask the clerk to add Megaplier when purchasing a ticket.
  • For every Mega Millions drawing, a Megaplier of either 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X will be drawn.
  • If your ticket wins a prize from $2 to $1,000,000 and the Megaplier is added, the prize amount will be multiplied by that drawing’s Megaplier.
    • Examples: If you added Megaplier and your prize is $10 and the Megaplier drawn was 3X, you win $30 ($10 X 3). If you added Megaplier and your prize is $1,000,000 and the Megaplier drawn was 5X, you win $5,000,000 ($1,000,000 X 5).
  • Megaplier does not apply to the JACKPOT.

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