Victor of $533 million Mega Millions jackpot is MI native

Clay Curtis
April 14, 2018

The victor of the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot officially came forward. "It was truly incredible". Some of my family members were sleeping so I didn't go and scream out.

Wahl said he ran upstairs and told his wife, "We get to go on vacation!" Mr. Wahl said he felt more excited with each number he hit, but he didn't realize he had the Mega ball. "Don't be an idiot". He revealed himself as the mystery victor during Friday's news conference at New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton. For the time being, the winning ticket was kept in a safe.

"My mom called and said 'I heard someone from New Jersey won the lottery, was it you?'" Wahl said, "and I said, 'Absolutely not". He plans stay at his job to help with the transition for a bit and then he says he will officially retire.

"We believe God has a plan", he said. 'It's not only life changing money for me, but I want it to be life changing money for family, friends, people in need'. 'We're a humble family.

He said he's not a regular lottery player, but chose to play after talking to a coworker about how they'd retire if they won. He spent $20 on quick pick tickets and a Diet Coke just hours before the numbers were drawn.

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He recently moved to the city for work and is not normally a Mega Millions player, as he claims his winning ticket only came from his second time playing!

Lottery officials presented a $30,000 bonus check to the Lukoil mini-mart in Riverdale on April 2 where the winning ticket was sold.

He said he saw all the cameras and made a decision to walk out, anxious that he might be recognized since he wasn't ready to come forward yet.

Around half of the winnings will go to taxes, federal and state, which still gives him $175 million as long as Wahl takes the cash option, which he confirmed is the plan. We'll be working with our financial team to make sure those things happen. 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.

Richard Wahl, 47, has been announced as the victor of the Mega Millions lottery. Today, 44 states participate along with Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wahl received the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the game.

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