Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Should Man's Ex-Wife Get Some of His $273 Million Lotto Winnings?

Should Man's Ex-Wife Get Some of His $273 Million Lotto Winnings?

The 54-year-old divorced man said he had been looking for work for about a year and wasn't having much luck - that is, until Wednesday's good fortune.

"$270 million does not make me appealing to her - that's what she said", he said.

At a press conference, Weirsky said he heard from his ex-wife. And she's been paying him support.

"I was very thankful there was an honest person out there because I thought it was gone", he said. The cashier "made me explain what I bet and what the tickets were, and she handed them to me, and I walked out".

Mike Weirsky, 53, and Eileen Murray, 53, in an undated file photo.

"I couldn't believe I was the victor of more than $2 after playing after all these years", he said.

Mike Weirsky, who is unemployed and recently divorced, purchased lottery tickets at a QuickChek supermarket near New Jersey's border with Pennsylvania. "You tell me - what's the moral thing to do?" He said the first thing he's going to do is buy a new pickup truck, then buy his mother a new auto and pay to remodel her home. "I have morals. I know what I've worked for and its everything that I have", she said.

And while her former husband expects to collect $162.5 million after taxes, she won't be going after him for what, some would argue, she deserves.

The last person to claim a Mega Millions prize was a man from New Jersey who was the only victor of the $273 million jackpot from the March 1 Mega Millions drawing.

When it comes to lottery tickets, possession is nine-tenths of the law, Carey said.

He told lottery officials his mother did not believe him when he said he had won the jackpot prize, so he returned back to the store during a snowstorm to confirm that he had won.

He added that he wants to find the stranger who turned his winning ticket in after he left a Quick Chek in Phillipsburg, rather than taking it, and reward them for their honesty.

"Think about it. How long did I work?" He said he hoped to find the person. "I'm gonna give him something".

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