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For some players it can take years to get a big lottery win as $1m Powerball winner Betty Cook from North Carolina, USA, will tell you but Richard Wahl from Vernon Township, In New Jersey, USA won the $521m Mega Millions jackpot in the March 30 draw with only his second ticket.

The day before the Mega Millions draw, the 47-year-old went to the Lukoil petrol station in Riverdale to buy a soft drink and then decided to buy some Mega Millions tickets. The following day just before checking the results, he joked with his wife that “If I win you’re going to hear a huge scream, we’re leaving on vacation, we’re going to retire.”

Initially he thought his Mega Millions ticket had matched the five main balls to win $1m but then saw his ticket also matched the Mega Ball to win the jackpot. $7.5m Mega Millions winner Kevin Young from Virginia, USA, initially thought he’d won nothing at all.

There was no screaming as some of the people in his house were asleep. “I can tell you, it didn’t sink in. It was truly amazing.” At first his wife didn’t believe him, but they kept checking and checking the Mega Millions winning ticket.

When finally convinced it was a jackpot winner, the Mega Millions ticket was put in a fireproof safe and they spent the whole weekend in their house. Then the speculation began over who the Mega Millions jackpot winner was.

The lucky Mega Millions player has decided to accept his winnings as a lump sum of $324 million which will be reduced to around $175 million after taxes. “It’s not only life-changing money for me, but I want it to be life-changing money for others,” said the Mega Millions winner.

He wants to do some charity work and help his mother who has been on a reduced income in recent times. A holiday is planned and rebuilding a 1964 Corvette. A $1m Mega Millions winner from Washington state purchased a classic ’56 Chevy after his win.

Retirement from his job as a production manager is definitely on the cards for the winner of the fourth highest Mega Million jackpot win. Despite being a lottery multi-millionaire, the Mega Millions winner doesn’t see his win changing his family. “We’re not the type that’s going to run out and spend all the money,” Wahl said. “We’re a humble family. We’ll keep our roots.”

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