Ex-Wife Of Lottery Winner Says $273 Million Isn’t Enough To Win Her Back
As they say, money can't buy you love - this statement certainly rings true for New Jersey lottery winner Mike Weirsky who, despite hitting a staggering $273 million (nearly £210 million) jackpot, still doesn't stand a chance with his ex-wife.
Mike's rags to riches story, which has the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster hit, started when a mystery good samaritan returned his winning ticket to a shop where he'd left it the day before.
When Mike, 54, returned to the Quick Check store in Phillipsburg the next day, he was delighted to find the $2 (£1.50) ticket had been handed to the staff members. Little did he know that just hours after retrieving his purchase he would be made a millionaire hundreds of times over.
During a recent news conference, the unemployed stay-at-home husband, who divorced from his wife last October, said he couldn't quite believe his eyes when he checked the ticket on the Sunday and saw the matching numbers.
"It's going to change everything because I was unemployed," he said.
"I always wanted to know what it would be like to be able to just wake up and be able to go somewhere, buy something. And when I get the money I'm going to do that."
However, there's one thing his money can't buy and that is the affections of his ex-wife, Eileen Murray, who revealed to the New York Post that she doesn't regret ending their 15-year marriage and insists she doesn't want him back.
She said: "He's not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money. I'm not going after anything. I have morals. I know what I've worked for and it's everything that I have."
Due to Mike's unemployment, Eileen became the main breadwinner of their relationship by working as a cost analyst for a utilities company.
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She said that, although she's still paying him spousal support, she has no plans to go after any of the $163 million lump sum he'll soon be getting.
His ex reckons he'll use the winnings to support his family and donate to animal charities, adding that she hopes he'll 'do the right thing'.
"Think about it. How long did I work? How long did I support him? I had to give him a lot of money in the divorce," she said.
"You tell me what's the moral thing to do."
Eileen went on to shut down claims she'd called him this week, adding: "He'll think I'm there with my hand out and I have no intention to do that.
"I truly wish him well... Though I know he doesn't believe that. I want him to surround himself with good people. I don't think anybody should be taken advantage of."
Mike has yet to respond to these statements, but he did reveal during the conference that he's now searching for the good egg who handed in his ticket.
"I'm looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him," he said.
"I'm going to give him something, but I'm going to keep that private."
If whoever carried out the good deed is reading this, put yourself forward - looks like Mike's got a present for you!
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