Napolean Elvord thought little of the Megabucks ticket he recently purchased at a Madison Wisconsin Mobil station. The $14.3 prize-winning numbers were drawn on January 14th, and though Elvord frequents the Mobil station daily where employees asked if he was the winner, he had no idea the life-altering ticket was sitting at home on a table.
As the days went by and no winner came forward, Elvord insisted he hadn’t won. When the store’s manager, Corky Wunderlin, spoke to Elvord personally, the veteran realized his mistake. He had confused the day on which he purchased the ticket.
Unconvinced that he could have really won such a vast amount, Elvord took his ticket directly to the Wisconsin Lottery office. The staff was surprised as nearly everyone who comes in to validate a winning ticket already knows they have won. In this case, Elvord had no idea that millionaire status was moments away. He beat one in seven million odds to take home a lump sum amount of $10.2 million which came to $6.87 million after taxes.
Elvord, who is in his late 50s and is in need of a kidney transplant, visit the Mobil station several times a day to buy lottery tickets and coffee. He almost didn’t buy the winning lottery ticket on that fateful day. He opted to let another customer go ahead of him. When it was his turn, he chose a computer generated ticket and received the numbers 17, 26, 27, 28, 37 and 42, which he might not have received if he had gone ahead of the other customer.
The winnings will be put in part toward health insurance when Elvord returns to his native home in Texas. The semi-retired construction worker has received dialysis treatment for the past five years. As for the rest of the money, Elvord has other plans. “I hadn’t really made any plans yet, but I do look at the economy and think about the people that have lost homes that had homes and had jobs,” he told NBC 15 in Madison. “And I’m into construction. I like remodeling, fixing up things, and I’m looking at possibly doing something in that area to re-sell homes and bring people back into their housing area.”
As for the Mobil station where Elvord bought his lottery ticket, they win too. For selling him the winning ticket, the owners received a $100,000 commission. Everyone goes home happy.