What's retired Holmen resident Jay Johnson's advice for picking lottery numbers? Choose the best years of your life. The ages of 16, 17, 29, 31 and 36 were good years, said Johnson. They also were the winning numbers for the Wisconsin Lottery's Aug. 25 Powerball drawing.
Johnson's ticket matched all five regular numbers, but not the Powerball of 23, winning him $200,000. By also purchasing the Power Play feature, he multiplied the amount by five, to $1 million. Johnson was at a news conference this morning at Festival Foods in Holmen where he purchased the ticket.
Johnson said didn't pick the numbers based on his favorite years of life, but looking back at the numbers, that methodology makes sense.
Johnson's wife, Lolly, said she didn't believe her husband when he told her about the winning ticket.
"He's kind of a jokester," she said.
Johnson validated his win Tuesday in Madison and received a single payment of $672,500 after taxes, according to Wisconsin Lottery officials.
He plans to use the money to go on a trip to Alaska with his wife this summer and give to various charities.