Kindness Of A Stranger Helps Secure $273 Million Jackpot Win

Mike Weirsky was moments away from losing his winning lottery ticket, but the goodwill of a stranger who quickly handed him back his ticket meant he was able to collect the incredible $273 million.


The unemployed New Jersey local wants to reward to unknown good Samaritan who handed in his forgotten lottery tickets to the store where he had bought them a day before the draw. He said he forgot his tickets at at the Quick Check store after he was busy checking his phone messages.

Another shopper found the tickets and handed them in, Weirsky then returned on Friday and confirmed that the tickets were bought by him. “I’m looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him,” Weirsky said. “I’m going to give him something, but I’m going to keep that private," he told a Phillipsburg radio station.

The 54-year old had been a stay at home husband before recently getting divorced, he had been looking for work prior to hitting the jackpot. But after hitting it lucky he has other priorities on his mind; he says he wants to “sit back and enjoy the money."

He says the first things he plans on buying is a new pickup truck, a new car for his mother and he plans on remodeling her house too. After that he's going to follow the advise of his lawyer and financial advisers on what to do with the rest of his winnings.

Weirsky had been playing the lottery for years without any big wins which just goes to show you that persistence is key to winning the lottery.


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