Headquarters, New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director John M. White, accompanied by State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio, announced Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey, as the sole winner of the $533 million Mega Millions drawing held on Friday, March 30, 2018. The prize is the largest lottery win in New Jersey history, the fourth-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, and the tenth largest Lottery jackpot in North American history.
Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey, as the sole winner of the $533 million Mega Millions
The sole winner of the world’s 10th largest lottery jackpot moved last year to New Jersey and works as a production manager at food-service manufacturer, state lottery officials announced Friday.
Richard Wahl, 47, of Vernon Township, N.J., bought his Mega Millions ticket, worth $533 million, the day before the March 30 drawing at a convenience store located on a route to work. He opted to take $324 million in cash now rather than the full value in installments over 30 years.
Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey, as the sole winner of the $533 million Mega Millions drawing held on Friday, March 30, 2018
Mr. Wahl purchased his lucky ticket after hearing a coworker tell him how he always passed the Mega Millions sign but never bought a ticket for himself. Mr. Wahl decided to get in the game himself, and found out the wonderful news when he checked the MegaMillions Numbers online late that night.
“Congratulations to Mr. Wahl on his record-breaking jackpot prize. In addition to Mr. Wahl’s big win, retailers across New Jersey won big, too. We have more than 7,000 retailers across the state, and this Mega Millions run has generated more than $2.5 million in commissions and bonuses for those retailers,” White said.
The $533 million jackpot is the largest Lottery jackpot in New Jersey history, the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot, and the tenth largest Lottery jackpot in North American history. The $533 million annuity jackpot has a cash option of $324.6 million.
The retailer that sold the winning ticket, Riverdale Lukoil South on 105 Route 23 South in Riverdale, received a $30,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket.
New sign at the Lukoil gas station on Route 23 south in Riverdale. (Photo: Jai Agnish/NorthJersey.com)
“We’re a humble family, and we’re going to keep our roots,” Wahl said Friday as lottery officials presented his oversized check. “We are not the type to run out and spend all the money and have a great time and party it up.”
Ameer Krass, who identified Wahl earlier by looking at video surveillance footage around the time officials said the winning ticket was sold, called Wahl a regular at his gas station mini-mart but kept mum on the winner’s name.
Wahl moved to New Jersey in July from Michigan and works at AAK Foodservice. He said he and his family had not made a decision about moving, but his decision for the cash prize means he will collect about $175 million after federal, state and local taxes.
I thought won $ 1 million but became $ 533 million
At first, Wahl said he looked at the ticket, his gateway to the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot, and thought he had won $1 million.
“We are not the type to run out and spend all the money and have a great time and party it up.”
“I was excited, life-changing money,” he said. He became emotional when recounting the moment he realized he had won the grand prize.
“It didn’t sink in. It was truly amazing.” Wahl said he walked upstairs and told his wife they were going on vacation. “We hit it,” he told her.
Then they reviewed the numbers about 15 times more just to be sure, put the valuable ticket in a fireproof safe and didn’t leave the house all weekend, he said. Friday marks two weeks since the 11 p.m. ET drawing.
We have a lot of planning left to do
At the press conference, Mr. Wahl answered questions about his experience and what is next for him. When asked about what comes next for him and his family, Mr. Wahl replied, “We’re still in a lot of shock and talking to our financial advisors, we have a lot of planning left to do.”
Wahl would like to rebuild a 1964 Corvette and said he hopes to do charity work with the winnings. He already has consulted a team of financial experts, who were present at the lottery’s news conference.
“For us, we believe God has a plan,” Wahl said. “It’s not only life-changing money for me, we want it to be life-changing money for others – family, friends, people in need.”
His mother has been on a reduced income in recent times, he said. Now he will be able to help her.
Unlike some other states, lottery winners in New Jersey don’t have an option to remain anonymous, New Jersey Lottery officials said. They are also required to participate in a news conference.
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