The winning ticket is worth $533 million, the largest single jackpot winning ticket ever sold in New Jersey, and the fourth largest in Mega Millions history. It's not only life changing money for me but it's life changing for others. I walked upstairs. I saw my wife [who was folding laundry]. and said, "Baby, we get to go on vacation".
Wahl, who moved to Vernon, New Jersey, from MI with his family in late July for a job opportunity, waited two weeks before coming forward to claim the historic prize.
Richard Wahl bought only two Mega Millions lottery tickets in his 47 years, and one was a dud.
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. "And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, 'Absolutely not, mother'". He selected easy pick tickets, meaning he let the numbers be chosen randomly. He checked the numbers around midnight and initially thought he had won only $1 million until he realized he had the Mega Ball along with the other numbers.
The owner of the Lukoil gas station where Wahl bought the ticket from received $30,000 for selling the winning ticket, according to lottery officials.
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He said he went back to the Lukoil to fuel up after he won but before he came forward.
So how does Wahl plan to spend the multi-million dollar prize? He said his wife was from Mexico, and "we really want to help out her family" there.
After state and federal taxes, he was expected to take home roughly $175 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.