Man wins $273m Lottery after Someone returned Ticket he Left Behind

Andrew Cummings
March 10, 2019

"I'm not going after anything".

Weirsky, who has been playing the lottery for years, said he checked the tickets at home on Sunday and saw he'd matched the numbers, but couldn't quite believe his eyes. She would not disclose the reason their marriage ended but said she was paying Weirsky spousal support.

"I was very thankful there was an honest person out there because I thought it was gone", he said.

"I'm looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him", Weirsky said.

Mike Weirsky, 53, and Eileen Murray, 53, in an undated file photo.

At a news conference with lottery officials Thursday, Mike Weirsky said he purchased the tickets at a Quick Check store in Phillipsburg, near the Pennsylvania border last Thursday.

"I couldn't believe I was the victor of more than $2 after playing after all these years", he said.

He said he plans to buy a Ford Raptor pickup truck and relishes the feeling of being able to go and buy whatever he wants.

Weirsky plans to take the money as a lump sum of $162 million, rather than in installments.

"He's not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money", she said in the article.

The ex-wife of New Jersey's latest big lottery jackpot victor is not interested in reconciliation - but hopes he does the "right thing morally" when it comes to sharing his windfall.

As they say, money can't buy you love - this statement certainly rings true for New Jersey lottery victor Mike Weirsky who, despite hitting a staggering $273 million (nearly £210 million) jackpot, still doesn't stand a chance with his ex-wife.

When it comes to lottery tickets, possession is nine-tenths of the law, Carey said.

Mega Millions jackpot victor Mike Weirsky, back left, is joined March 6, 2019, by his mother, Shirley, front left; his friend, Barry Olah (hat and sunglasses), cousin Frank Stillo (in front of Olah), Weirsky's Aunt Mary Fegley and Weirsky's second cousin Brandon Stillo as they leave Alpha to claim his Mega Million lottery winnings.

A mysterious stranger then found the tickets and turned them in to store employees. "I don't think anybody should be taken advantage of". He said he hoped to find the person.

"I'm not going after anything".

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