Tammy and Cliff Webster, a married couple from Oneida, Wisconsin, claimed their $316.3 million prize this week after winning the Powerball jackpot earlier this year, lottery officials announced on Monday.

The Websters, residents of Oneida just outside of Green Bay, opted to receive $225.1 million in cash rather than get the full amount in yearly installments, gaming officials said. After shelling out $54 million in federal taxes and $17.1 million to the state, Tammy and Cliff will go home with a total of $153.9 million to their names. 

“We are sincerely grateful for this incredible event,” Tammy told the game commissioners. “We always believed that we had a chance to win if we played and this is a dream come true.”

“This is a wonderful blessing,” Cliff added. “We are incredibly thankful and most appreciative of this opportunity.” 

Tammy and Cliff Webster Recall Jackpot Win

The Websters met with Powerball officials this week to claim their winnings and give a celebratory interview with lottery commissioners. While the couple said they don’t plan to make any more media appearances, they gave officials a glimpse into the game that changed their lives forever. 

On Jan. 5, the Oneida couple bought a ticket from the Jackson Pointe Citgo in Green Bay with the lucky numbers 6, 14, 25, 33, 46, and Powerball 17. They were up early the next day watching the news when the results of the draw came in. 

Tammy and Cliff Webster bought their winning Powerball ticket at this Citgo, state lottery officials said.
Tammy and Cliff Webster bought their winning Powerball ticket at this Citgo, state lottery officials said. Photo credit: Google Maps

“I got up, I was getting ready for work. I had my coffee, watched the 4:30 news,” Tammy said. The news said they had two winners. I felt all sad and they said they had one in California, one in Wisconsin”

Cliff chimed in: “You know, how many people play in Wisconsin? What’s the odds of us winning?”

Still, as he examined his ticket, the sequence of numbers on the TV screen appeared to be a perfect match. 

“I got my number out and started looking at it. I noticed my second number matched, there were some numbers that matched and I couldn’t believe it like, ‘This cannot be the Powerball,'” he said

“I couldn’t believe it. I just sat there staring at it. And she was in the recliner. And she’s looking at me and I don’t tell her that we won and I couldn’t believe it. It was, it’s unbelievable. You don’t know what to do!”

Tammy and Cliff Webster said winning the Powerball jackpot was one of the happiest moments of their lives.
Tammy and Cliff Webster said winning the Powerball jackpot was one of the happiest moments of their lives. Photo credit: Powerball.com

When he finally broke the news to Tammy, the two were exuberant, Cliff recalled. 

“We’re hugging and yelling and it was one of the happiest moments of my life,” he said.

Wisconsin Celebrates the Powerball Winners

Under Wisconsin state law, lottery winners must be publicly identified, though they can choose not to give a press conference, as the Websters have. The Oneida couple has not said how they plan to spend the lump-sum jackpot. 

“I could not be more thrilled for the Websters! It was very exciting to celebrate their win with them,” said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “It’s incredible that we get to keep celebrating big wins in our state. This is the fourth major jackpot won in the past four years in WINsconsin.”

Tammy and Cliff Webster, like all Powerball winners in Wisconsin, must be publicly named by law.
Tammy and Cliff Webster, like all Powerball winners in Wisconsin, must be publicly named by law. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The Websters are the third Powerball winners from the Badger State since 2019, which also produced a Mega Millions jackpot winner in 2021

Mary Willems, the general manager at the Green Bay gas station where Tammy and Cliff hit it big, said she received a $100,000 incentive prize for selling the winning ticket.

“My heart is racing. I have goosebumps all over,” she told gaming officials. “It’s just really great for our store, for our community here.”