Lottery winner searching for person that found his lost ticket

A hand holding lottery tickets.
Tickets to the Mega Millions draw. Photo credit: Reuters

A New Jersey is hoping to find the stranger that handed in his lost lottery ticket after it won US$273 million (NZ$401 million).

Mike Weirsky, 54, said in a news conference he bought two tickets last Thursday, but left them behind because he was distracted by his cellphone.

But a stranger found them and handed them back to the store, and Mr Weirsky returned the next day to collect them.

He's now collected the prize money, and wants to give a gift to the stranger who found the tickets.

"I'm looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him," Mr Weirsky said. "I'm going to give him something, but I'm going to keep that private."

Mr Weirsky got divorced in 2018 and has been trying to find stable employment for a year. He said he got one call for an interview, but he turned it down after realising he won the lottery.

He's now going to buy a new pickup truck, a car for his mother and renovate her home.

"After that I'm basically locked in to what my lawyer and other people I have working for me tell me I can do," he said.


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