An unemployed New Jersey man won a 3 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot last week after a stranger found and returned the winning ticket that he had left behind on a store counter.
The man, Michael J. Weirsky, told reporters on Thursday that he lost two tickets immediately after he bought them at a QuickChek in Phillipsburg, N.J., on the day before the lottery drawing. He said it was the result of “the typical cellphone deal.”
“I was paying more attention to my cellphone,” he said at a news conference. “I put the tickets down to put my money away, then I did something with my phone and just walked away.”
Mr. Weirsky had spent hours searching for the tickets when he got to his home in Alpha, N.J., near the Pennsylvania border. He was convinced they must have gotten lost there, and it was not until the next day that he decided to ask a clerk at the store if anyone had seen them.
The clerk said someone had turned them in. Then she quizzed him on what tickets he had bought before handing them over, he said. The lottery drawing was that night.
“I was very thankful there was an honest person out there because I thought it was gone,” he said.
But Mr. Weirsky, who said he spends a week on quick-pick lottery tickets, said he did not realize he had the winning ticket until two days later, as a snowstorm swirled outside.
He said a friend of his mother’s called to say she thought a mutual friend of theirs had hit the jackpot. That man bought his ticket at the same store Mr. Weirsky did, and had been standing right in front of him when he did it. Mr. Weirsky called to ask if he had won.
When the man said he had not, Mr. Weirsky decided to check his own tickets using the lottery app on his phone. Then he turned to his mother in shock.
“I put the phone down, I put the ticket down, I sat there for a second — I said to my mother, ‘Hey, that just said I was the jackpot winner,’” he said. “And she’s like, ‘What’s that mean?’”
“I said, ‘I won 3 million,’” he told her. “And she was like, ‘Get the hell out of here.’”
So, for a while, he did.
“I just put the ticket back down, watched TV for about another half-hour. And I just got up and ran upstairs, got dressed and I said, ‘I’ve got to go find out if it’s real,’” he said.
New Jersey Lottery said in a statement that Mr. Weirsky “ventured out in a snowstorm” to scan the ticket at a nearby store. The scan also said he was the winner.
Mr. Weirsky said the lottery win would change everything for him. He had been unemployed for 15 years, he said, living as a stay-at-home husband and moving often for his ex-wife’s job.
Their marriage ended in October. He said he now plans to take his time looking for work. He may start a business, he said, or work part time helping a friend who works as a handyman.
“I am just going to sit back and enjoy it,” said Mr. Weirsky, who could not be reached on Friday night.
He said he planned to take his winnings as a 2.5 million lump sum rather than in installments. His first move will be to buy a new pickup truck, he said, and his next will be to listen to his lawyer.
“After that, I am basically locked into what my lawyer and other people that I got working for me tell me I can do,” he said. “But after they tell me I can go crazy, I am going to take a family vacation and take everybody with us.”
James Carey, the acting executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, said Mr. Weirsky was lucky that someone had returned the winning lottery ticket to the store. (The store was lucky, too: It got a ,000 prize from New Jersey Lottery for selling the winning ticket.)
When it comes to lottery tickets, possession is nine-tenths of the law, Mr. Carey said. If the person who found Mr. Weirsky’s ticket had claimed ownership, that person would have been declared the winner.
“If you have a winning ticket, we always urge our players: Sign that ticket right away,” Mr. Carey said at the news conference. He added, “If you think about it, it is very difficult to say who owns a lottery ticket short of someone coming in here and saying, ‘I purchased this ticket. It’s mine.’”
Mr. Weirsky said he was thankful for the unidentified good Samaritan who found his tickets on the store counter and decided to turn them in. He said he hoped to find the person.
“I’ve got to find him and thank him,” Mr. Weirsky said, adding, “I am going to give him something, but I am going to keep that private.”B:
“【我】【知】【道】【了】。” 【知】【道】【权】【矅】【天】【的】【窘】【迫】，**【溪】【贴】【心】【的】【开】【口】【了】。 【权】【矅】【天】【傻】【笑】【着】，【便】【开】【始】【了】【互】【相】【的】【交】【换】【戒】【指】。 【直】【到】【晚】【上】，【婚】【礼】【的】【热】【情】【一】【点】【没】【少】，【一】【堆】【篝】【火】【冉】【冉】【升】【起】，【绵】【延】，【缭】【绕】。【空】【中】【也】【在】【放】【射】【着】【美】【丽】【的】【烟】【花】，【一】【点】【也】【没】【有】【消】【停】【的】【时】【间】，【好】【不】【壮】【观】…… 【而】【离】【开】【后】【的】【喻】【凤】【清】，【是】【独】【自】【一】【个】【人】【来】【到】【了】【蹦】【极】【的】【所】【在】【地】。【这】【件】【事】
【看】【着】【虚】【弱】【的】【秋】【小】【妹】【朝】【自】【己】【下】【跪】，【大】【夫】【第】【一】【反】【应】【就】【是】【懵】【逼】，【懵】【逼】【过】【后】，【他】【就】【扶】【着】【秋】【小】【妹】，【道】 “【大】**，【你】【先】【起】【来】，【你】【这】【样】，【不】【是】【让】【老】【夫】【为】【难】【吗】？” 【大】【夫】【是】【真】【的】【为】【难】。 【而】【在】【马】【车】【外】【的】【老】【沈】【头】，【在】【外】【面】【听】【到】【马】【车】【里】【的】【对】【话】，【他】【愤】【怒】【的】【往】【爬】【马】【车】【上】【爬】。 “【不】，【如】【果】【你】【不】【答】【应】【我】，【我】【就】【不】【起】【来】。”【秋】【小】【妹】【摇】【头】，【一】
【首】【先】【要】【告】【诉】【大】【家】【一】【个】【好】【消】【息】。 【那】【就】【是】【我】【开】【新】【书】【了】。 【书】【名】：《【我】【真】【是】【太】【子】【爷】》 【作】【者】：【言】【艮】.CS 【不】【用】【意】【外】，【不】【用】【好】【奇】，【因】【为】，【这】【就】【是】【我】【的】【老】【作】【者】【号】，【以】【后】【我】【会】【把】【全】【部】【放】【在】【那】【本】【书】。 【签】【约】【以】【后】【每】【天】【三】【更】，【有】【兴】【趣】【的】【可】【以】【去】【看】【看】。 【这】【一】【次】【的】【新】【书】【主】【题】，【是】【灵】【气】【复】【苏】，【很】【好】【看】【的】【喔】~~
“【族】【里】【对】【此】【事】【自】【会】【要】【有】【安】【排】，【完】【全】【不】【需】【要】【少】【主】【您】【亲】【自】【出】【手】【的】“【白】【宇】【也】【不】【诧】【异】【自】【家】【少】【主】【知】【道】【族】【里】【的】【想】【法】。 “【那】【不】【就】【得】【了】，【我】【就】【去】【看】【看】【热】【闹】，【绝】【对】【不】【出】【头】。【您】【们】【办】【您】【们】【的】【事】，【我】【看】【我】【的】【热】【闹】，【绝】【对】【互】【不】【打】【扰】“【摊】【了】【摊】【手】，【隐】【无】【双】【一】【副】【你】【完】【全】【不】【用】【管】【我】【我】【就】【是】【打】【酱】【油】【的】【表】【情】。 “【少】【主】.“【隐】【无】【双】【的】【油】【盐】【不】
【长】【达】【三】【个】【月】【的】【战】【争】，【接】【近】【了】【尾】【声】，【一】【方】【无】【心】【打】【仗】，【另】【一】【方】，【势】【如】【破】【竹】。【从】【一】【开】【始】【就】【已】【经】【预】【示】【着】【结】【局】。 【所】【有】【的】【挣】【扎】，【或】【许】【因】【为】【心】【有】【不】【甘】【罢】【了】。 …… 【墨】【轩】【将】【当】【年】【北】【忻】【国】【占】【领】【的】【国】【土】【全】【部】【归】【还】，【他】【带】【领】【着】【军】【队】【子】【民】【返】【回】【故】【土】。【并】【声】【称】【在】【他】【管】【制】【期】【间】，【绝】【对】【不】【会】【发】【动】【战】【争】。 【这】【算】【是】【递】【来】【友】【好】【的】【橄】【榄】【枝】【了】。【瑶】【光】【自】