$533 million Mega Millions lottery victor will get the check Friday


Richard Wahl, who moved from MI last summer to take a job at a Hillside, New Jersey-based food service industry supplier, said he probably will stop working and use his winnings to help his family and friends.

Wahl told reporters he checked the numbers on the ticket with his wife more than a dozen times as they tried to come to terms with the fact that they were New Jersey's newest multimillionaires. It's not only life-changing for me but I'd like it to be life-changing for others.

The family stayed home all weekend because Wahl didn't want to lose the ticket or it get stolen. Wahl waited two weeks before claiming his windfall.

Wahl moved to New Jersey from MI, and said he'd like to rebuild a 1964 Corvette, as well as do charity work with his money.

But that second time, the Vernon, New Jersey, resident hit the jackpot. And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, "Absolutely not, mother"'.

Wahl said he went to station the day of the bonus check presentation for gas but immediately left and drove to lottery headquarters to present his ticket. We'll keep our roots'. He selected easy pick tickets, meaning he let the numbers be chosen randomly.

The winning numbers were: 11, 28, 31, 46, 59 and Mega Ball 1.

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Officials have since presented a check for $30,000 to the owner of the Lukoil for selling the winning ticket.

He declined to talk about his family, refusing to say whether he had kids.

"I went over and looked at that one", he said, about the number on his ticket that he'd erroneously assumed was incorrect.

"I'm like, 'Wow, I won a million dollars, '" Wahl said. Wahl's win was the fourth-biggest in the game's history.

Wahl said he will work with a financial team in deciding how to use the money to help family members, friends and others in need.

Wahl will receive the cash option of about $317 million after taxes, and will remain as a production manager for AAK Food Service in Hillsborough, N.J., helping the company through a transition that took him to New Jersey last July.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states and Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He said some of the newfound fortune will go to his mother, who is now surviving on a reduced income, and also to his wife's family, who live in Mexico.

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