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New Jersey Mega Millions Winner of $533M Introduced

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Richard Wahl speaks during a news conference introducing him as the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot winner at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Trenton, N.J. Wahl hit the winning numbers during the Friday, March 30 drawing on a ticket he bought at a gas station in Riverdale, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 04:06 PM

The New Jersey winner of Mega Millions' $533 million jackpot from March 31 was revealed at state lottery headquarters in Trenton on Friday as 47-year-old Richard Wahl.

Wahl, a food production manager from Vernon, New Jersey, said it was only the second time he played Mega Millions, and that he had bought the tickets and a Coke from a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale, ABC 7 reported. 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.

Wahl said he ran upstairs and told his wife, “We get to go on vacation!” 

Thinking he was kidding, she told him, “Don’t be an idiot,” ABC 7 reported. 

They checked the numbers “at least 15 times,” Wahl said, hugging and crying together over their good fortune, ABC 7 reported. 

Wahl said he decided to take the cash option rather than yearly annuity payments and will end up with about $175 million after taxes, NorthJersey.com reported

“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. His one splurge will be buying a 1964 Corvette to rebuild, NorthJersey.com reported. 

He is consulting with a financial team before making a plan for spending the money and credits God’s plan for the winnings.

“For us we believe God has a plan ... it’s not only life-changing money for me, we want it to be life-changing money for others. Family, friends, people in need,” he said, NorthJersey.com reported. 

The jackpot was the biggest ever in New Jersey.

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The New Jersey winner of Mega Millions' $533 million jackpot from March 31 was revealed at state lottery headquarters in Trenton on Friday as 47-year-old Richard Wahl.
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