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Stoughton man recalls winning $40 million Powerball jackpot

Stoughton man recalls winning $40 million Powerball jackpot

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- We all dream and talk about what we would do if we won the lottery, but very few of us ever get that opportunity.

At first glance you'd never imagine Patrick Nowlin was one of those lucky people.

"A bunch of suits and stuff call me sir," Nowlin laughs.

He's a man who lives modestly. Legally blind in both eyes, he rides a bicycle instead of a Buick, lives in a house instead of a mansion and stores toys in a shed instead of a garage.

"Since my name is Patrick I tell people I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but there's a guy with a briefcase from the IRS standing at the end," Nowlin jokes.

He found that pot of gold back in 2007, buying five tickets from a gas station in Stoughton. The last one was worth $40.1 million.

"Out of $41 million I paid $30 million in taxes when it came back," Nowlin explains.

But $11 million is still quite a bit of money. Enough to buy each family member a car, set up a trust fund for his children and see the world.

"As long as I can see something I want to travel, because when I can't see anymore then I'll have the memories of where I did go," Nowlin says.

In Spring he'll head to Vietnam, traveling with a few Army friends from the war. Despite having millions he still remembers where he came from.

It's why he spent thousands helping the American Legion with its new building in Stoughton. It's why he spends numerous nights working in the kitchen washing dishes.

"Work on pots and pans," Nowlin says as he points to his dishwasher in the kitchen.

While his pockets are deep so is his heart. He keeps himself busy with little pet projects. Funding research for childhood diabetes, donating money to the local food shelf just to name a few.

"I do little things," Nowlin says.

He does what he can, helping family, friends and the community he loves.

Even though he's already a millionaire it didn't stop Patrick from buying 10 Powerball tickets Wednesday morning. He bought them from the same place he did five years ago.

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