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The winner of a $533 million lottery jackpot wasn't sure he could believe his eyes. So, when his mother called to say someone in his new home state had won it, his response was: It wasn't me.
Forty-seven-year-old Richard Wahl, of Vernon, New Jersey, was introduced Friday during a news conference at lottery headquarters after winning the half-billion March Mega Millions drawing, the largest single jackpot in state history.
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Wahl, a production manager at a food services company in northern New Jersey, said he plans to retire and take the cash payout over the annuity, totaling $220.7 million after taxes.
He described finding out he had the winning ticket late at night. He couldn't believe it.
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'It was truly amazing. Some of my family members were sleeping so I didn't go and scream out. I walked upstairs. I saw my wife ... and said, 'Baby, we get to go on vacation.' She said, 'What are you talking about? Don't be an idiot.''
He said he checked the numbers 15 times and wanted to be sure the win was for real before he told other family members.
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'Actually the weird thing is my mom actually called me before I wanted to tell her and told me "I heard somebody in New Jersey won the lottery, was it you?" And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, "Absolutely not, mother."'
Wahl moved to New Jersey from Michigan in July for work, and says one of his dreams is to restore a 1963 Corvette,...
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