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UPDATE: Winner of $2 million lottery ticket comes forward in Eau Claire


Press Release from the Wisconsin Lottery: Richard Ingles of Eau Claire is the Wisconsin Lottery's newest millionaire. And he knows just how lucky he's been.

Ingles and his wife Lillian today validated a $2 million winning ticket from the February 13 Powerball drawing. They took the ticket to the Lottery's headquarters in Madison and left with an after-tax lump sum payment of $1.3 million.

The $2 million winning ticket was just the family's latest bit of good fortune. Richard said he survived the Vietnam War without a scratch and went on to have a dream job with Boeing that took him wherever he wanted to go throughout the world. Five years ago he was in need of a liver transplant and was told he was unlikely to receive one because of his age, but he did get a new liver after a series of improbable medical events. His wife Lillian then went into the hospital for knee replacement surgery. Severe complications arose and she wound up in a coma. The family wasn't sure if she would live. But she did, and she is on the mend.

Now retired and 71, Ingles said he joked to his wife, "Maybe I shouldn't play the lottery. I'm so lucky I'll probably win it."

And win he did.

His ticket in the February 13 drawing matched all of the winning numbers except the Powerball. Ingles also purchased the Power Play prize multiplier feature and so his $1 million ticket automatically became a $2 million winner. The February 13 winning numbers were 12, 23, 25 and 43, with a Powerball of 29.

Ingles bought his Powerball ticket at Kwik Trip, 1130 W. MacArthur Avenue in Eau Claire.

For selling the $2 million winner Kwik Trip earns a commission of $40,000. Wisconsin Lottery retailers that sell winning tickets with prizes of $600 or more earn the equivalent of 2% of the prize, up to a maximum commission of $100,000.

Ingles has chosen not to hold a news conference.

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