Meet the victor of $533 million Mega Millions jackpot in New Jersey


The victor of last month's $553 million Mega Millions jackpot stepped forward Friday to claim his prize in New Jersey.

The jackpot was the biggest ever in New Jersey.

Wahl, who moved to New Jersey from MI, said his dream is to rebuild a 1963 Corvette and also hopes to do charity work with his money.

He said he's not regular lottery player, but chose to play after talking to a coworker about how they'd retire if they won.

At New Jersey Lottery headquarters Friday, Wahl was handed the traditional oversized check.

'For us the plan is to do a lot of good things with it, ' Wahl said. He just selected easy pick and the numbers were completely random. The winning numbers were 11, 28, 31, 46, and 59. 'It's not only life changing money for me, but I want it to be life changing money for family, friends, people in need'. The Mega Ball was 1.

He said he went back to the Lukoil to fuel up after he won but before he came forward.

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Lottery officials presented a $30,000 bonus check to the Lukoil mini-mart in Riverdale on April 2 where the winning ticket was sold.

He declined to talk about his family or go into details about where they might go or if they'd move.

Daniel Mahler, a certified public accountant with Gisler & Mahler in Bloomingdale, said the victor is going to have to get used to saying, "no".

He is consulting with a financial team before making a plan for spending the money and credits God's plan for the winnings.

He described his family as humble and said they wanted to help people. He also plans to take care of his mother, who has been living on a reduced income.

Wahl will receive the cash option of about $317 million after taxes, and will remain as a production manager for AAK Food Service in Hillsborough, N.J., helping the company through a transition that took him to New Jersey last July. That is now the eighth-highest win in the game's history. Today, 44 states participate along with Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.