Richard Wahl says he bought an easy pick ticket for the 533-million dollar jackpot in last month's drawing at a gas station. "Don't be an idiot'".
New Jersey law requires that the victor be identified though some have speculated whether a series of trusts could be constructed to shield a person's identity.
Wahl explained,"For us, we believe god has a plan".
He said he went back to the Lukoil to fuel up after he won but before he came forward.
He said he saw all the cameras and chose to walk out, anxious that he might be recognized since he wasn't ready to come forward yet.
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He wouldn't disclose what city in MI, but he's a native to the mitten who was just moved to New Jersey in July for his work. "Family, friends, people in need", he said, NorthJersey.com reported.
"For us the plan is to do a lot of good things with it", Wahl said. It's not only life changing money for me but it's life changing for others. The store's owner, Ameer Krass, said he believes it's a store regular.
Richard Wahl, 47, has been announced as the victor of the Mega Millions lottery.
Mega Millions can be played in 44 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It's the 10th largest lottery jackpot in USA history.