Napolean Elvord, Wisconsin Lottery Winner, Plays Wrong Game, Hits $14.3 Million Megabucks Jackpot

Jan 23, 2012 | Updated Jan 23, 2012

A Wisconsin man is the lucky winner of a $14.3 million Megabucks jackpot after accidentally playing the wrong lottery game, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Though Napolean Elvord was a regular lottery player, he took three days to claim his prize after mistakenly purchasing a Megabucks ticket instead of his usual Powerball ticket, he told the paper.

Had it not been for workers at a Madison, Wisconsin, Mobil gas station asking him if he'd won, Elvord may have missed out on collecting his winnings.

In claiming his prize, Elvord opted for the one-time lump sum payment of $10.2 million, or $6.87 million after taxes, according to The Consumerist.

But the lucky man won't be spending his cash on flashy cars or a huge new house. Instead, the ailing veteran, who's spent five years on dialysis, plans to buy health insurance to help him get a kidney transplant, according to

Elvord said he'll also take this opportunity to move back to his native Texas, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Accidental lottery wins have become something of a trend in recent months.

Just a few months earlier, a Georgia woman won $25 million after a clerk gave her a winning Powerball ticket instead of a Mega Millions ticket.