New Jersey man nearly forgets winning $273M lottery ticket

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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 said at a news conference with lottery officials Thursday he left the tickets behind at a QuickChek store in Phillipsburg last week.

A good Samaritan found the tickets and gave them to a store clerk to hold until Weirsky came back for them.

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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 buy is a new pickup truck.

Weirsky says he got divorced last fall and has been unable to find a job since then.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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