A stranger returned his lost lottery tickets, then he won $273 million

Irving Hamilton
March 11, 2019

"I'm gonna give him something yes, but I'm gonna keep that private, " he said.

The Alpha resident said he was taking the lump sum of $162.5 million, and his ex-wife said in a report that she has no plans of going after it.

On Sunday night during a snow storm, Weirsky got around to checking his numbers - and realized he was holding the winning ticket.

"He's not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money, " Murray told The New York Post.

"Think about it. How long did I work?"

After looking for three hours, he concluded it was "just another thing [he'd] lost", but ultimately made a decision to return to the store, he told reporters on Thursday.

Not even a $273 million jackpot would bring Eileen Murray back to her ex-husband.

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"I was paying more attention to my cellphone", he said at a news conference. Fortunately, the person standing in line behind him was honest - and called after him. He may start a business, he said, or work part time helping a friend who works as a handyman.

"I was a bum in high school, I was a bum after", he said with a laugh. "In addition to Mr. Weirsky's big win, retailers across New Jersey won big, too", said New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director James A. Carey, Jr., in a statement.

A good Samaritan found the tickets and turned them into the cashier, who held them for Weirsky.

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

"I just put the ticket back down, watched TV for about another half-hour". His first move will be to buy a new pickup truck, he said, and his next will be to listen to his lawyer. "I don't think anybody should be taken advantage of". "And when I get the money I'm going to do that".

Following a recent divorce, 54-year-old Mike Weirsky has been struggling to find a job, but to no avail.

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