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Lottery officials say it was the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the largest single jackpot winning ticket ever sold in New Jersey.

The odds of winning a mega millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million.

Richard Wahl says he bought an easy pick ticket for the 533-million dollar jackpot in last month's drawing at a gas station.

Wahl, 47 of Vernon, New Jersey, had previously claimed his prize, but state lottery officials had kept his identity secret until Friday. "I can tell you, it didn't sink in".

"It was truly wonderful". It may have been only the second time he bought a ticket.

Wahl will receive the cash option of about $317 million after taxes, and will remain as a production manager for AAK Food Service in Hillsborough, N.J., helping the company through a transition that took him to New Jersey last July.

It's the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history.

Wahl, who moved to Vernon, New Jersey, from MI with his family in late July for a job opportunity, waited two weeks before coming forward to claim the historic prize.

After state and federal taxes, he was expected to take home roughly $175 million.

It's "life-changing money", he said, even though he has a good job with a steady income.

"For us we believe God has a plan.it's not only life-changing money for me, we want it to be life-changing money for others".