Unlike some other USA states, the New Jersey Lottery Commission requires that winners of major jackpots publicly accept their winnings. So, when his mother called to say someone in his new home state had won it, his response was: It wasn't me.
He said he's not regular lottery player, but made a decision to play after talking to a coworker about how they'd retire if they won.
Wahl said for his family's protection he would not reveal his wife's name or confirm if he had children except to say she is from Mexico.
Richard Wahl- who just moved to The Garden State last year from MI last year - will take home a lump sum payout of $324 million, according to NBC New York.
Wahl purchased the ticket that struck the $533 million dollar ahead of the drawing, in mini mart and a gas channel in Riverdale, New Jersey. He spent $20 on quick pick tickets and a Diet Coke just hours before the numbers were drawn.
His winning numbers were 11,28,31, 46 and 59, and the Mega Ball 1.
"We're not the type that's going to run out and spend all the money", Wahl said.
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The 47-year-old said he believes that God has a plan, "so for us the plan is to do a lot of good things for with it".
"It's not only life-changing money for me, but It want it to be life-changing money for others: family, friends and people in need", said Wahl.
And there's a few things he'd like to do for himself, like go on vacation with his family, rebuild a 1963 Corvette and eventually retire from his job as a production manager at AAK Food Service in Hillside, New Jersey. "We'll keep our roots". He said some of the newfound fortune will go to his mother, who is now surviving on a reduced income, and also to his wife's family, who live in Mexico.
The ticket was sold at the Lukoil gas station in Riverdale.
He declined to talk about his family or go into details about where they might go or if they'd move. He said he was getting on a flight Friday night, but wouldn't say where he was going. He also plans to take care of his mother, who has been living on a reduced income.
Wahl said he made a decision to take the cash option rather than yearly annuity payments and will end up with about $175 million after taxes, NorthJersey.com reported. Wahl's win was the fourth-biggest in the game's history.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.