$553 Million Mega Millions Lottery Winner Is Identified

April 13, 2018 4:45 pm Last Updated: April 15, 2018 7:45 pm

Richard Wahl, of Vernon, New Jersey, was named as the winner of a $533 million lottery prize.

Wahl, 47, who won the Mega Millions drawing in March, was introduced Friday, April 13, at the lottery’s headquarters. He’s opting to take the $220.7 million cash payout after taxes.

He told The Associatlocd Press: “It was truly amazing. Some of my family members were sleeping so I didn’t go and scream out. I walked upstairs. I saw my wife … and said, ‘Baby, we get to go on vacation.’ She said, ‘What are you talking about? Don’t be an idiot.’”

He told NBC New York that the ticket was “life-changing.”

“We cried a lot together as a family,” said Wahl. “We didn’t sleep that much. The nerves, the shock of everything. I don’t think it’s still settled in for us.”