北京pk10彩票官网 www.bjn98.com An unemployed handyman has won a $273 million jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery after leaving his lucky ticket in the store.
Michael J. Weirsky, 53, of Alpha, New Jersey was confirmed by lottery officials on Wednesday as the jackpot winner of Friday's drawing, after coming forward to claim his prize.
Weirsky purchased the winning ticket on Thursday at the Quick Chek in Pohatcong Township, New Jersey, but was 'messing' with his phone and accidentally left it behind at the store,?LehighValleyLive.com?reported.
When Weirsky realized that he'd left the two tickets he purchased behind, he stopped by the store on Friday morning and found that a 'Good Samaritan' had spotted them and handed them over to the cashier, who stuck them in a drawer.
At that time, the tickets were only worth $2 each, the amount that Weirsky had paid for them. One of them would soon vastly increase in value.
Weirsky said that he forgot about the tickets until Sunday night, while he was hunkered down during the snow storm that was blanketing his western New Jersey home.
He checked the first ticket, which was not a winner. Weirsky could hardly believe his eyes when he scanned the second ticket with his phone and saw the word 'jackpot'.
The winning numbers were 29, 33, 39, 60, 66 and the Mega Ball was 21.
Weirsky's mother didn't believe him until he went and scanned the ticket at a nearby store.
On Wednesday, state lottery officials dispatched a stretch limo to bring Weirsky and his family to lottery headquarters in Trenton.
Unemployed for several years and divorced with no children, Weirsky has recently earned money by working odd jobs as a handyman.?
'I was a bum in high school, I was a bum after,' he told the local paper. 'Maybe I'll be a beach bum now.'?
In New Jersey, like most other states, the identity of lottery winners is publicly disclosed under state law.?
The lump sum value of Weirsky's winning ticket would be?$162.5 million, lottery officials said.
He has already purchased a new Ford Raptor pickup truck and will be looking at new homes over the weekend.?
Weirsky says that he is prepared to be deluged by acquaintances seeking a handout, and that those who treated him well will find him generous, but those who didn't will be sent packing.
He is scheduled to hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon to share his full story with the public.