Lottery victor grateful after Good Samaritan returns £200 million winning ticket

Gladys Abbott
March 11, 2019

Weirsky said during a press conference on Thursday that he purchased the ticket at QuickCheck nearby his home, where he often purchases lottery tickets.

Weirsky's ex, Eileen Murray, told the New York Post that Weirsky did not become any more appealing to her because of his win.

He added that he wants to find the stranger who turned his winning ticket in after he left a Quick Chek in Phillipsburg, rather than taking it, and reward them for their honesty. To his surprise, he found that somebody had handed them in the day before. "I sat down for a second and looked at my mother and said, 'Hey that just said I'm the jackpot victor, "' he said.

He also said he'd been "following his wife" around the country during their marriage but got a fresh start after the divorce. "I just didn't believe that it was me after all these years of playing". He's spent $20 per week on tickets, on and off, for years.

"My parents raised me to be a good person, honest, sincere, " Campolo said. That man bought his ticket at the same store Weirsky did, and had been standing right in front of him when he did it. Weirsky called to ask if he had won. "And I just got up and ran upstairs, got dressed and I said, 'I've got to go find out if it's real, '" he said.

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Lottery officials said Thursday that if the person who found the tickets had held onto them and signed them, they could have claimed the jackpot.

"Think about it. How long did I work?"

Weirsky says his luck has changed in another way too. He moved to New Jersey in the hopes of finding a new job, but failed to secure any interviews for about a year, he told reporters.

She said she won't be trying to get a portion of the lottery winnings. He said the first thing he's going to do is buy a new pickup truck, then buy his mother a new auto and pay to remodel her home. "I don't think anybody should be taken advantage of".

Weirsky says he's going to "sit back and enjoy" the money.

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