"We're not the type that's going to run out and spend all the money", Wahl said.
Since he selected the cash option over the annuity, Wahl will receive only $324.6 million, which New Jersey Lottery officials estimated will leave him with a net of about $221 million after federal and state taxes. It was just the fourth time the jackpot has surpassed the $500 million mark, lottery officials have said.
"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.
Wahl moved to New Jersey from MI in July after getting a new job at AAK Food Service in Hillside NJ.
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. "And I wasn't ready to share with her yet, so I told her, 'Absolutely not, mother'".
Wahl bought the ticket that hit the $533 million jackpot on March 30, a day before the drawing, at a Lukoil gas station and mini-mart in Riverdale, New Jersey.
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. They cancelled their weekend plans, put the winning ticket in a fire proof safe, and checked the numbers "at least 15 times". Wahl also plans to take care of his mother and is happy that she'll never have to worry about money again. He would not say, for safety reasons, if he had children. The owner of the station won $30,000 for selling the winning ticket. He checked the numbers around midnight and initially thought he had won only $1 million until he realized he had the Mega Ball along with the other numbers.
Daniel Mahler, a certified public accountant with Gisler & Mahler in Bloomingdale, said the victor is going to have to get used to saying, "no". No one had matched all six numbers drawn since January.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It's the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia) 5. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas) 8.
"This guy has to watch himself", he said of New Jersey's big victor. $536 million, Mega Millions, July 8, 2016 (one ticket, from Indiana) 10.