N.J. winner of dollar 273M jackpot hunted for a job for a year. Now, hes going to chill out. nj.c Mike Weirsky finally got a call for a job interview Wednesday after more than a year of looking for employment without any luck. But that call came three days too late, he said. On Sunday, Weirsky realized he was getting something better than a job — a check for dollar 162.5 million. New Jerseys newest millionaire hit the dollar 273 million jackpot, winning the Mega Millions with a ticket he purchased last Thursday at the . But that good fortune could have fallen to someone else, after Weirsky left the ticket behind while messing with his phone. Even luckier, maybe, than hitting those winning numbers, was the fact that , back when those tickets were still worth only dollar 2 each. The 54 year old from Alpha came back the next day and picked them up, glad they didnt end up as another loss. But he didnt think about the tickets again for a few days, he said. Friday, and those numbers, came and went. It wasnt until Sunday, while talking to a friend who played and lost, that Weirsky thought to check his tickets. The first one, garbage. But the second, a winner. I just didnt believe it, he said Thursday afternoon, during a press conference at the New Jersey Lotterys headquarters in Trenton. Weirsky said he wants to find the stranger who turned his ticket in, rather than taking it. He would like to give a reward for his honesty. James A. Carey, Jr., acting executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, said those who play the lottery should be sure to sign their tickets. Anyone who found a winning ticket on the ground would be able to cash it. Weirsky said he has a habit of spending about dollar 20 a week playing the lottery, but had stopped when money got tight. He started trying his chances again just two weeks ago. The good news comes after a hard year, in which he and his wife divorced. Weirsky had spent 15 years following her around the country, living in seven states. But she worked during those years, while he was a homemaker. He doesnt have any children. He said his ex wife called upon hearing the news, telling him she plans to take him back to court. Weirsky is taking the lump sum of dollar 162.5 million, he said. Carey said Weirsky will receive his check in a few weeks, after they fully process the funds. QuickChek also received dollar 30,000, a bonus for selling the winning ticket, Carey said. Weirsky has jumped ahead and already bought the new truck he wanted, and plans to get a new car for his mother. He hasnt made any big decisions about the money, but is looking forward to just waking up and making a choice, without stress, to buy something expensive he wants or take a trip. He said he has no plans to start a business, but would rather sit back and enjoy it. I was down, he said. Now, all of the sudden, Im way up. Amanda Hoover can be reached at . Follow her on Twitter . Find on Facebook. Get the latest updates right in your inbox. . Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our and 2019 New Jersey On Line LLC. All rights reserved . The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of New Jersey On Line LLC. apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site.