He revealed himself as the mystery victor during Friday's news conference at New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton.
Richard Wahl, 47, has been announced as the victor of the Mega Millions lottery.
The victor of the most valuable lottery ticket ever sold in New Jersey history came forward to claim his $533 million prize Friday.
It sold the day before the March 31 drawing at a Lukoil gas station mini-mart here.
Wahl said he ran upstairs and told his wife, "We get to go on vacation!"
It's the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history and the second highest for a single ticket. But then he remembered there's a sixth number, the gold Mega Ball, for which a 1 was drawn.
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Mega Millions can be played in 44 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He said he checked the numbers 15 times, kept the ticket in a fireproof safe and wanted to be sure the win was for real before he told other family members.
After state and federal taxes, he was expected to take home roughly $175 million.
He bought the winning ticket at a Lukoil gas station in northern New Jersey and said the numbers were machine picked.
"We cried a lot together as a family, hugged a lot", Wahl said.
"My mom called and said 'I heard someone from New Jersey won the lottery, was it you?'" Wahl said, "and I said, 'Absolutely not".