Victor of $533M Mega Millions jackpot comes forward

14 April, 2018, 20:15 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Mega Millions Jackpot winner announced

He said he first misread his chosen numbers on the lottery ticket, and only realized he won after looking at the numbers a second time.

He revealed himself as the mystery victor during Friday's news conference at New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton.

"It's not only life-changing money for me, but I want it to be life-changing money for others", he told reporters on Friday. I walked upstairs. I saw my wife [who was folding laundry]. and said, "Baby, we get to go on vacation".

Wahl said he recently moved to New Jersey for a job.

Forty-seven-year-old Richard Wahl, of Vernon, New Jersey, was introduced Friday during a news conference at lottery headquarters after winning the half-billion March Mega Millions drawing, the largest single jackpot in state history.

Wahl declined to discuss his family, citing security concerns, but said he told no one about the win until he met with financial advisers - even his mother. If he could have stayed private, he would have, Wahl said, but New Jersey doesn't allow that.

Mega Millions Jackpot winner announced
Mega Millions winner announced at news conference

He said he will share the jackpot with "family and friends who struggle every day", and might indulge in his dream of restoring a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.

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

The ticket was sold at the Lukoil gas station in Riverdale.

He said he went back to the Lukoil to fuel up after he won but before he came forward. In particular, he is thinking of his mother, who lives on a reduced income, and the family of his wife, in Mexico.

Wahl and his family opted to take the payment in a lump sum of $324 million, or about $175 million after taxes.

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