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Lottery winner will use millions for kidney transplant


Madison, get ready to meet your newest millionaire.    

Napolean Elvord held a press conference for the first time since winning last Saturday's $14.3 million Wisconsin Lottery jackpot.     

The 57 year-old Elvord is taking the lump sum payout of $10.2 million.

After taxes, he'll get just under $7 million.

But unlike most people who may go right out and buy a house and two cars, Napolean Elvord is going to use the money to extend his life.

As many in Madison anxiously awaited to find out who bought the winning Megabucks ticket last Saturday, Elvord didn't even know where his ticket was.

"Well, I put 'em down, just not thinking about them and it didn't matter where they were," said Elvord.  "I didn't think I'd won."

Four days later, Napolean heard no one had come forward to claim the prize.

"I asked what the numbers were and I remembered I had 17 on the ticket, people told me what the numbers were and I said, well, that's a hard combination: 26, 27, 28," said Elvord.  "And I thought well, maybe so.  Wednesday I found the tickets and that's the same day I went to the lottery."

But, unlike most lottery winners, Elvord isn't making any big plans to go anywhere or do anything yet, because he really can't.

"Five years, I've been on dialysis," Elvord told 27 News.

Elvord suffers from kidney failure, believed to be a direct result of his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.

He is in need of a transplant and will use his winnings to pay for it once a donor becomes available.

"I can only play it by ear," said Elvord.  "I can't hope for something that may not even come through, so, I can wait and see what happens."

But as he waits, Napolean does plan to use the money to help others in his position.

"I would like to work with people with kidney failure," said Elvord.  "I mean, I know there's a lot of people out there sick and until you've dealt with it yourself, you don't really know how bad things really can be."

There is some good news on that front.

The wife of one of Napolean's good friends has the same blood-type as him and they plan to get started on tests to see if she's a match.

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