The victor of last month's $553 million Mega Millions jackpot stepped forward Friday to claim his prize in New Jersey.
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. But then he remembered there's a sixth number, the gold Mega Ball, for which a 1 was drawn.
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 may have been only the second time he bought a ticket.
Wahl plans to hire a financial advisor to help him manage the money.
"I went over and looked at that one", Wahl told reporters Friday, before pausing briefly as tears welled up in his eyes.
The victor of a $533 million lottery jackpot wasn't sure he could believe his eyes. "It was truly incredible". "And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, 'Absolutely not, mother'".
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Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
At New Jersey Lottery headquarters Friday, Wahl was handed the traditional oversized check.
It sold at a Lukoil Gas Station mini-mart in the city of Riverdale.
If the victor chooses the cash option, he or she will receive a little more than $324 million. "Family, friends, people in need", he said, NorthJersey.com reported.
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.
"We're not the type that's going to run out and spend all the money", Wahl said, according to ABC.