Mega Millions victor announced at news conference

Mae Love
April 14, 2018

Richard Wahl joined lottery officials in Trenton Friday to claim his prize.

Wahl said he doesn't usually play Mega Millions but chose to buy a ticket after a co-worker convinced him they could retire early if he won.

He bought the winning ticket at a Lukoil gas station in northern New Jersey and said he went there to fuel up after he won, the same day the state lottery was presenting a $30,000 check to the station for having sold the winning ticket. "Family, friends, people in need", he said, NorthJersey.com reported.

Wahl declined to discuss his family, citing security concerns, but said he told no one about the win until he met with financial advisers - even his mother.

The owner of the store, Ameer Krass, said he had been able to identify Wahl by reviewing surveillance footage. He also urged anyone who might know him to give the victor "the space they deserve".

Wahl moved to New Jersey from MI, and said he'd like to rebuild a 1964 Corvette, as well as do charity work with his money.

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If the victor chooses the cash option, he or she will receive a little more than $324 million.

The retailer that sold the winning ticket received a $30,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket. Wall took an extra two days.

Daniel Mahler, a certified public accountant with Gisler & Mahler in Bloomingdale, said the victor is going to have to get used to saying, "no".

The winning numbers were: 11, 28, 31, 46, 59 and Mega Ball 1.

Wahl said he made a decision to take the cash option rather than yearly annuity payments and will end up with about $175 million after taxes, NorthJersey.com reported. Wahl's win was the fourth-biggest in the game's history.

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

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