Oneida couple claim Powerball jackpot
Oneida, Wis. (WBAY) – A Oneida couple claimed $316.3 million from the January Powerball jackpot.
Tammy and Cliff Webster had one of two winning tickets for the $632.6 million jackpot on January 5 — the seventh-largest in Powerball history. The other winning ticket was sold in California.
Webster opted for a $225.1 million cash payment instead of an annual payment. After federal taxes of $54 million and state taxes of $17.2 million, they take home $153.9 million.
“We are sincerely grateful for this incredible event,” said Tammy. “We have always believed that we have a chance to win if we play and this is a dream come true.”
The couple discovered they were Wisconsin’s newest millionaire while watching the morning news. Like most people, they don’t think the odds will work in their favor.
“I was muttering all over the kitchen table, like, ‘Do you know how many players there are in Wisconsin, how likely is it that we win? “” Tammy recalled.
“The news said they were two winners and I felt really sad, but then they said they had one in California and one in Wisconsin,” Tammy said.
The ticket has the winning numbers 6, 14, 25, 33, 46, with Powerball 17.
“I lifted my finger, and it was definitely number 17. And I couldn’t believe it. I just sat there and stared at it,” says Cliff. “I shouted to her that we won and I couldn’t believe it. Unbelievable. I do not know what to do. At 4:30 a.m., we hugged and yelled. It was one of the happiest moments of my life! ”
“And then we stood there: ‘What do we do? What are we supposed to do?!? ‘” Tammy added.
Cliff said: “I told her dad I would always take care of her and this gave me a chance. “This is a wonderful stroke of luck, and we are extremely grateful and cherished for this opportunity.”
“We are very happy about this and I want to thank Grandpa, our creator, God for giving us this wonderful gift.”
And a lot of people are celebrating with them. We told Websters, members of Oneida Nation, who were permanent employees at Jackson Pointe Citgo on Packerland Drive in Ashwaubenon, where they purchased the winning ticket. The Citgo Station also won an award.
“There was a $100,000 incentive from the Wisconsin Lottery, and it was put into our bank account about two weeks ago,” said manager Mary Willems.
And more money continued to pour into the store as people hoped lightning would strike twice.
“I’ve noticed a lot of people I’ve never met before, and they really keep coming back. We have a lot of new carriers and they just come with Powerball tickets or Mega Million tickets,” said Willems.
Rick Hansen lives two blocks from that convenience store. It was his gas station when he played Powerball.
“When they said the winner had bought their ticket here, my wife texted me right away. She doesn’t know if I have them. But I didn’t buy a ticket for that painting,” he admitted.
So Hansen didn’t claim a share of the Powerball jackpot. But he’s also not upset about who wins for the money is in Wisconsin
“It’s good that someone locally won it, you know. It’s a good thing,” said Hansen.
Hansen hopes luck will come his way. “I will continue to buy them here and hopefully one day I will get lucky and get a winner.”
Wisconsin has had 19 Powerball jackpot wins since 1992. We’re fourth on the list of states with most Powerball winners.
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