Meet the victor of $533 million Mega Millions jackpot in New Jersey

Winner Of $533 Million Mega Millions Jackpot To Claim Prize

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.

Richard Wahl says he bought an easy pick ticket for the $533 million jackpot in last month's drawing at a gas station. 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.

He said he told his wife he was going to check the numbers and joked that "If I win you're going to hear a huge scream, we're leaving on vacation, we're going to retire", he said.

Wahl plans to hire a financial advisor to help him manage the money.

He told reporters on Friday about the moment when he learned he was the victor, during the March 30 drawing.

'It was truly wonderful.

The victor of a $533 million lottery jackpot wasn't sure he could believe his eyes.

"Hearty congratulations to New Jersey for their big Mega Millions win", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director, said in a statement after the drawing. "I can tell you, it didn't sink in".

He said went there to fuel up at the same Lukoil on the same the owner was presented with a $30,000 check for selling the winning ticket.

Mega Millions can be played in 44 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He chose to take the jackpot as a lump sum cash payout, which lottery officials said comes out to $324.6 million.

It's "life-changing money", he said, even though he has a good job with a steady income. "Family, friends, people in need", he said, NorthJersey.com reported.

'For us the plan is to do a lot of good things with it, ' Wahl said.

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