The other, purchased as an afterthought along with a Diet Coke during a stop for gas in Riverdale, New Jersey, netted him a $533 million prize, the fourth largest in the game's history and one of the 10 largest jackpots ever.
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. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 303 million.
He told reporters on Friday about the moment when he learned he was the victor, during the March 30 drawing. "And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, 'Absolutely not, mother'".
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Richard Wahl- who just moved to The Garden State last year from MI last year - will take home a lump sum payout of $324 million, according to NBC New York. "It was truly awesome".
They checked the numbers "at least 15 times", Wahl said, hugging and crying together over their good fortune, ABC 7 reported.
Mega Millions can be played in 44 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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New Jersey Lottery held a news conference to announce the victor.
He bought the winning ticket at a Lukoil gas station in northern New Jersey and said the numbers were machine picked.
He chose to take the jackpot as a lump sum cash payout, which lottery officials said comes out to $324.6 million.
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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. It's not only life changing money for me but it's life changing for others.