Man nearly forgets winning $273M lottery ticket

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who almost forgot his $273 million jackpot-winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at the store where he bought it says he’s going to reward whoever returned it.

Mike Weirsky (WUR’-skee) said at a news conference with lottery officials Thursday he left the tickets behind at a Quick Check store in Phillipsburg, near the Pennsylvania border, last week. Someone found them and gave them to the store to hold for him. The drawing was Friday and he found out Sunday he’d won the top prize. The 54-year-old says he’s going to “sit back and enjoy” the money. He said the first thing he’s going to is buy a new pickup truck. Weirsky says he got divorced last fall and has been unable to find a job since then.