Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Mega Millions Winner of $533M: That Was the Second Time I Played

Mega Millions Winner of $533M: That Was the Second Time I Played

It was just the fourth time the jackpot has surpassed the $500 million mark, lottery officials have said.

The odds of winning a mega millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million.

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

"It was truly fantastic".

Wahl, 47 of Vernon, New Jersey, had previously claimed his prize, but state lottery officials had kept his identity secret until Friday.

"We're a humble family and we're going to keep our roots", Wahl said at a news conference, adding that they plan to give a lot to charity and help extended family members pay bills.

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"Actually the weird thing is my mom actually called me before I wanted to tell her and told me 'I heard somebody in New Jersey won the lottery, was it you?'" Wahl said.

After state and federal taxes, he was expected to take home roughly $175 million.

Wahl told reporters he checked the numbers on the ticket with his wife more than a dozen times as they tried to come to terms with the fact that they were New Jersey's newest multimillionaires.

He bought the winning ticket at a Lukoil gas station in northern New Jersey and said the numbers were machine picked.

It's "life-changing money", he said, even though he has a good job with a steady income.

"For us, we believe God has a plan", Walh said. It's not only life changing money for me but it's life changing for others.

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