Winning the Jackpot is almost a miracle. The winning odds are usually not very high, so you should be careful with your ticket if you win a lot of money. However, one Mega Millions winner almost lost his lucky ticket at the beginning of this year! What happened?
Winner of the Mega Millions Jackpot
Michael J. Weirsky, who is living in Alpha (Warren County) in New Jersey, is a very lucky guy because he won 273 million dollars during a Mega Millions draw on March 1, 2019. The new millionaire bought his winning ticket at QuickChek, which is located a few streets from his home. Weirsky always purchased his lottery tickets over here, so for him it was nothing out of the ordinary. However, when he checked his lottery ticket numbers his life changed forever. Although lucky player did not win anything with his tickets for the Pick-6 game, this was entirely different with the Mega Millions lines. The lines showed that the had won the Jackpot!
To the retailer in a snowstorm
Weirsky couldn’t believe his eyes. Completely stunned, he told his mother about the big win. She didn’t believe him though, which is not very surprising! The winner sat down for a while and then went to the store to confirm his winning ticket. Outside there was snowstorm, but this didn’t hold him back. The retailer scanned his ticket and told the best news Weirsky could ever get: you’ve really won the Jackpot! The millionaire now has a cash option of 162 million dollars.
Losing his lucky ticket
James A. Carey, Jr., the New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director, announced the big win to the press. Just a while later a press conference took place. The press was obviously very interested in the big win and asked Weirsky a lot of questions. What’s next for him, for example? The winner told a great anecdote that no one will ever forget. He almost lost the ticket when he bought it at the store! After buying the ticket he accidentally left it on the retail counter. Luckily, someone saw it and gave it to the shop owner. The next day Weirsky was searching for his lottery tickets and couldn’t find it. He went back to the store and got his ticket back, just one day before
Commissions for retailers
James A. Carey, Jr. congratulated Michael Weirsky on his multi-million-dollar win. He is not the only lucky person from New Jersey too. About 7000 retailers in the state of New Jersey have won too, in the form of commissions. What’s more, total 1.1 million dollars in commissions and bonuses was given to retailers!