How New Jersey Lottery Winner Almost Lost Winning Ticket

How New Jersey Lottery Winner Almost Lost Winning Ticket

(Trenton, N.J.) An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he'd left them a day earlier. That's how much the New Jersey man is about to receive in one lump sum after one of his Mega Millions tickets hit the $273 million jackpot last Friday, a windfall that nearly didn't happen when he left behind the tickets he'd purchased on February 28 at a Phillipsburg QuickChek convenience store, the New York Daily News reports.

"He's not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money", she told the outlet.

Take him back? No way, 53-year-old Eileen Murray.

Commenting on Weirsky's newfound wealth, Murray said she doubted her ex-husband would reach out and offer any of the winnings, although she remained hopeful that he would do "the right thing", the Post noted. "I don't think anybody should be taken advantage of". After all, the couple divorced only months ago and financial issues were apparently part of their problems. "I have morals. I know what I've worked for and it's everything that I have", she said.

Before the drawing, he says he looked for hours for the tickets at home, then returned to the store to see if they had them.

"I put the ticket down". How long did I work?

"I'm looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him", Weirsky told Associated Press.

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"I'm gonna give him something yes, but I'm gonna keep that private, " he said.

Weirsky told the NJ Advance Media that he knows people will approach him asking for money and that he'd consider giving some to people who treated him well; those that didn't can forget about it, he added. "Yesterday I got my first interview", he says, "It's just a miracle".

"I'm just very thankful that there's an honest person out there, because I figured it was gone", he said.

Now he plans to buy a pickup truck for himself, a vehicle for his mother and remodel her house.

"I always wanted to know what it would be like to just wake up and decide to go somewhere, go buy something, just do it".

Weirsky now plans to show his gratitude to Campolo.

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