Mystery Mega Millions victor claims $533M jackpot: 'It's life-changing money'

Winner Of $533 Million Mega Millions Jackpot To Claim Prize

The New Jersey victor 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 explained,"For us, we believe god has a plan".

"I said 'Baby, we get to go on vacation, ' " Wahl said. "Family, friends, people in need", he said, NorthJersey.com reported.

Wahl, 47, scored the $533 million Mega Millions prize with a sole ticket he said he made a decision to buy, alongside a diet Coke, with the $22 he had in his wallet while stopping at a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale, New Jersey, on March 29.

"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 said he's not regular lottery player, but chose to play after talking to a coworker about how they'd retire if they won.




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 selected easy pick tickets, meaning he let the numbers be chosen randomly.

His winning numbers were 11,28,31, 46 and 59, and the Mega Ball 1.

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

He declined to talk about his family or go into details about where they might go or if they'd move. He said his wife was from Mexico, and "we really want to help out her family" there.

Wahl and his family opted to take the payment in a lump sum of $324 million, or about $175 million after taxes.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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