MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee resident is the lucky winner of the $156.2 million prize from the Wednesday, March 22, Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was purchased from Pewaukee Corner Pump on West Capitol Drive in Pewaukee.
The resident took the cash option worth $93.1 million.
The winning ticket matched all six numbers: 2, 9, 27, 29 and 42 with a Powerball of 9.
"This proves it can happen any place and anytime," said Bill Bravener, a customer at the Pewaukee Corner Pump. "I'd share with some charities that are important to me. I'd take lots of trips and travel."
Bravener isn't the only customer with Powerball dreams.
"Buy a house for my wife, pay what I got to pay, and live it up," said Ruben Orozco, customer.
For its part, Pewaukee Corner Pump received $100,000 for selling the winning ticket. Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2% of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.
"I'm very happy it's somebody from the area. I'm sure it's somebody who it can be very helpful, make their life change and change for the good," said Ed McMahon, Pewaukee Corner Pump owner. "I think we had a $10,000 winner before $5,000, a lot of $1,000. But nothing to this magnitude. It's just unbelievable."
According to Wisconsin Lottery officials, this resident holds the 16th Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Wisconsin since the game was introduced in April 1992. The last Powerball jackpot winner was from Marinette -- he won $31.4 million on October 14, 2009 on a ticket he purchased from City Limits at N3900 Highway 180 in Marinette.
This is the second largest prize awarded to a Wisconsin winner. The largest was a ticket worth $208.8 million sold in August of 2006 to a group of 100 individuals who called themselves the Miracle 100. That ticket was sold at Ma and Pa Grocery in Fond du Lac.