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Man wins $273M jackpot, gets call from ex-wife

Man wins $273M jackpot, gets call from ex-wife

Weirsky says he's going to "sit back and enjoy" the money.

"I always wanted to know what it would be like to be able to just wake up and be able to go somewhere, buy something", he said.

Murray told the Post that she was the one bringing home the bacon in the relationship, and she paid - and now continues to pay - spousal support.

"My parents raised me to be a good person, honest, sincere, " Campolo said.

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

New Jersey Lottery said in a statement that Weirsky "ventured out in a snowstorm" to scan the ticket at a nearby store.

"He'll think I'm there with my hand out and I have no intention to do that", she said. Ironically, he says that he finally got a call for his first job interview just days after he won the jackpot - but now, he plans on using the money to buy his mother a new vehicle and take his family on a vacation before consulting with lawyers on what to do next.

Weirsky says he got divorced last fall and has been unable to find a job since then.

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"I was down, and somehow now, all of a sudden, I'm way up", Weirsky told news conference reporters with a laugh.

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

And unlike a lot of former spouses, she has no plans to get her slice of the $162.5-million lump sum Weirsky will be collecting.

An unemployed New Jersey man won't have to look for work after winning last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot, but he very almost missed his stroke of good luck. "You tell me - what's the moral thing to do?"

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

Lottery officials told AP on Thursday that the person who found the ticket could have claimed the jackpot had they held onto them.

Someone at the store found them and returned them to the store to hold. He added, "If you think about it, it is very hard to say who owns a lottery ticket short of someone coming in here and saying, 'I purchased this ticket".

"I'm not going after anything", she told the Post.