An Introduction to the Wisconsin Lottery

Since its beginning in 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery has generated more than $3 billion for Property Tax relief and paid out $6.4 billion in prizes. With multi-state games like Wisconsin Powerball and state games like Wisconsin Pick 3, it has been generating wealth and progress for players, the general public and retailers.

The largest pay-outs in Wisconsin Lottery prizes have included $208,600,000 in Wisconsin Powerball on 5th August 2006 and $20,300,000 in Wisconsin Megabucks on 25th August 2001.

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Wisconsin Lottery Games

Wisconsin Mega Millions

Mega Millions is a multi-state game which has a minimum jackpot of $15 million and with each rollover, it grows by at least $5 million. The game is played by choosing five numbers between 1 and 75 and one Mega Ball number between 1 and 15. Wisconsin Mega Millions began on 30th January 2010. All the winning numbers for the draws can be found at


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Wisconsin Powerball

Wisconsin Powerball is also a multi-state jackpot game, this time with a massive a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Drawn twice a week, it is played by choosing five numbers between 1 and 59 and then one Powerball number between 1 and 35. Wisconsin Powerball was first played on 19th April 1992 and replaced Wisconsin Megabucks Lotto. Once again all the winning numbers can be found at


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Wisconsin Megabucks

Wisconsin Megabucks is a game which uses the former name of Powerball's predecessor game (formerly called "Wisconsin's Very Own Megabucks") and is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. It was first played on 18th June 1992 and is played by drawing 6 numbers between 1 and 49. The annuity jackpot for Wisconsin Megabucks is funded by using the cash available to buy government bonds that pay out over 25 years. The odds for a jackpot are 1:6,991,908.



Wisconsin Pick 3

Wisconsin Pick 3 is played by selecting three numbers from 0 to 9 or by mark the Quick Pick (Lucky Dip) box to have random numbers chosen for you. Wisconsin Pick 3 is played nightly and was first played on 21st September 1992. A Computer Random Number Generator (CRNG) is used to generate Wisconsin Pick 3 numbers.

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Wisconsin Pick 4

Pick 4 numbers from 0 to 9 to play Wisconsin Pick 4 or mark the Quick Pick (Lucky Dip) box for random numbers. Wisconsin Pick 4 began on 15th September 1997 and draws a four-digit number in the style of Wisconsin Pick 3. Players can win in two ways:
• Four numbers in exact order: Mark STRAIGHT on the ticket.
• Four numbers in any order: Mark BOX on the ticket.



Wisconsin 5 Card Cash

Drawings for Wisconsin 5 Card Cash are held every day after 9 pm. Five card symbols will be printed on each ticket and five card symbols will be drawn from a field of 52 card symbols by a Computer Random Number Generator (CRNG). Players can win instantly at the time of purchase if the card symbols on their ticket match a winning hand from the Instant Win Table.

The game can also be won in the daily drawing by matching two or more of the five card symbols drawn by the Wisconsin Lottery. An Instant Win (Royal Flush of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit) pays out $5,000 and the odds of winning this are 1:649,740. The Daily Match of correctly having five out of five card symbols pays $250,000 and odds of this are 1:2,598,960.


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Badger 5

Wisconsin Badger 5 is also played nightly. It draws five numbers from 1 to 31 and the Badger 5 jackpots start at $10,000. This jackpot increases by at least $1,000 per draw if it’s not won. Badger 5 began on 17th February 2003.



Wisconsin SuperCash! is another nightly draw game. It began on 4th February 1991 and the top prize is $350,000, having initially been $250,000. Wisconsin lottery’s SuperCash! draws six numbers between 1 and 39.


Lucky 7

Lucky 7 is a multi-game option which produces a Quick Pick ticket for each of the seven lotto games for the next draw (Wisconsin Mega Millions, Wisconsin Powerball, Megabucks, Wisconsin Pick 3, Pick 4, Badger 5 and SuperCash!). The retailer only needs to press a single button on the lottery terminal for this type of play. As the name suggests, it cost $7 for this option.



Wisconsin Lottery Winners

Frank and Shirley Capaci Wisconsin Powerball

Frank and Shirley Capaci of Streamwood, Illinois bought a Wisconsin Powerball ticket for the draw on 20th May 1998 from a small store in Pell Lake and became $104.3 million richer! Their first desired purchases at the time were a Harley-Davidson Frank and a Lincoln Continental Shirley. The multi-state Powerball Lottery jackpot had hit $195 million and resulted in nationwide attention. For weeks, people had been driving to Wisconsin, a Powerball state, to buy tickets there and generously offered to pick up tickets for anybody else at the same time.

Bar owners John Marnell and Patti Rooney ended up buying $180 worth of Wisconsin Powerball tickets for friends and carefully placed them into individual envelopes identified with each owner's name. The Capacis, Frank, 67, and Shirley, 63 benefitted from this and had one of the envelopes for $5 worth of their tickets. Soon after the win, Capaci passed on $10,000 each to Rooney and Marnell as a thank-you. However, according to regulars of their bar, Rooney had apparently asked for $3 million from their Wisconsin lottery win. They don’t speak any more.


Walworth County Co-Workers Wisconsin Mega Millions

A group of twenty one co-workers from Walworth County claimed a $1 million winning Wisconsin Mega Millions ticket from 17th October 2014. The winning Wisconsin Lottery ticket was purchased at Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Delavan. For selling the $1 million winning ticket, Piggly Wiggly earned a $20,000 bonus from the Wisconsin Lottery. Retailers who sell winning Wisconsin Lottery tickets with prizes of $600 or more earn an incentive equal to 2% of the prize, up to a maximum of $100,000.

The winning Mega Millions numbers were 21, 31, 43, 56 and 60 and the Megaball number was 12. The $1 million prize is for matching all five regular numbers, but not the Megaball number. The group had been buying Wisconsin Lottery tickets together for 14 years and each received about $32,000.


Napolean Elvord

Napolean Elvord became a very lucky man in 2012 when he was found to be the winner of a $14.3 million Wisconsin Megabucks jackpot, in the draw on 14th January. Firstly, he accidentally bought the wrong ticket at the Kelley Williamson Mobil in Madison store. He then thought the winning ticket was for a different Wisconsin Lottery draw. After a conversation with the store manager, he realised that in fact, he was the 71st Megabucks winner.

Mr. Elvord, who suffers from kidney failure, took the $6.87 million lump sum payment rather than an annuity and planned to use it for weekly dialysis treatments and an eventual transplant. He also planned to go to Texas; much warmer that Wisconsin!

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Patrick Nowlin

Patrick Nowlin from Stoughton became the 13th Wisconsin Powerball winner on 31st March 2007 when he matched the five numbers and the Powerball to win $40.7 million. Mr Nowlin bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at the Food Pantry in Stoughton and managed to keep it a secret for almost two months. The secret came out when he claimed his Wisconsin Lottery winnings at the end of May, surprising even his friends. He chose to receive the cash option of $19.3 million. He declined to partake in a news conference announcing his Wisconsin Powerball win, and instead chose to issue a prepared statement and DVD video.

The statement in the press release said, "Mr. Nowlin has spent the last two months doing extensive planning with his team of financial, legal and tax experts. Decisions relating to distribution of funds are completed. He and his family would greatly appreciate that everyone respect their right to privacy." Nowlin has since spent thousands helping the American Legion with a new building in Stoughton, a town with Norwegian heritage. He also keeps himself occupied with projects which include funding research from his Wisconsin Powerball win for childhood diabetes and donating money to the local food bank.


The Schultz Family

A Christmas tradition paid off for The Schultz Family from Oak Creek, Milwaukee County on Christmas Eve 2005, when father Brian and his sons Todd and Matthew won an $11.1 million Wisconsin Megabucks jackpot. Every year Brian buys Wisconsin Lottery tickets as gifts for his sons and daughter-in-law and one of those tickets matched all six winning Megabucks numbers. The Schultz family discovered their big win on Christmas morning. The three split the prize and planned to invest the majority of it. Brian bought the winning ticket at Gary's Beer & Liquor in Oak Creek where he has been a regular customer for many years.

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Wisconsin Lottery Taxes

All Wisconsin lottery winnings are taxable. The Lottery automatically deducts the prevailing federal and state withholding rate for any winnings of $2,000 and more.

Any unclaimed Wisconsin lottery prizes are credited to the Lottery Property Tax Relief Fund.


Wisconsin Lottery History

The Wisconsin Lottery began operating in September 1988, after Wisconsin voters adopted a constitutional amendment from 1987 that allowed the Legislature to create a state lottery with proceeds to be given towards for property tax relief. On 14th September 1988 the first Wisconsin Lottery games went on sale with the instant Game "Match 3" and Pull-tab "Wisconsin Red".

Since 1995, the Department of Revenue (DOR) has managed the Wisconsin Lottery.


Other Wisconsin Lottery Information

Since the Wisconsin Lottery’s inception, at least 50% of the total revenue has been dedicated to prize winnings. 6.03% has been paid to retailers and 30.91% of revenue has gone towards property tax credits.

The Wisconsin Constitution requires that net proceeds from the Wisconsin Lottery are to be used exclusively for property tax relief. The proceeds are mostly distributed to owners of primary residences in Wisconsin through the Lottery and Gaming Tax Credit and the School Levy Tax Credit. Since 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery has provided $3.5 billion in property tax relief.

Players can buy tickets if they are 18 years or older. Minors are only allowed to receive Wisconsin lottery tickets as gifts.

Prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the date of the lottery game draw or from the declared “end of the game” in the case of instant tickets.

Generally, prizes awarded are dependent on Wisconsin lottery ticket sales: higher ticket sales will result in greater prizes, whilst lower sales will result in lower prizes. In the financial year 2012-13, ticket sales increased $18.5 million and prize awards increased $9.1 million.



The Wisconsin Lottery has an incentive program for retailers who meet certain performance goals identified by the Wisconsin Lottery. This program began on 1st January 2000. Retailers must be in ‘good standing’ and sell instant tickets to participate in the program, which has a short-term incentive component, a winning ticket component and a sales goals incentive component. Participating retailers that sell a winning scratch-off or lotto game ticket of $600 or more receive a 2% commission of the prize award, up to a maximum of $100,000 per winning ticket. Winning Wisconsin Lottery ticket incentive payments are weekly. Retailers also receive 6.25% commission for the sales of Instant Scratch and Pull-tab tickets and 5.5% commission for sales of Lotto tickets.

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