America's US$768m Powerball winner 'pretty much felt lucky'

A 24-year-old man in the US stepped forward Tuesday to claim a US$768 million ($1.1b) Powerball jackpot, the nation's third-largest, saying he "pretty much felt lucky'' the day he bought his tickets.

Manuel Franco, of Wisconsin, said he was sorting through US$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.

"I was going insane,'' Franco said. "I looked back at the three other numbers, they all matched. My heart started racing, my blood started pumping, I felt warm. I started screaming.''


Franco did say he quit work the second day after winning, saying he just couldn't continue.

Michelle Keighley