$279M lotto winner's ex-wife doesn't want him or his money

Mike Weirsky speaking to Fox. Credit Fox

Commenting on Weirsky's newfound wealth, Murray said she doubted her ex-husband would reach out and offer any of the winnings, although she remained hopeful that he would do "the right thing", the Post noted.

Weirsky says that the sudden financial windfall is a welcomed stroke of luck following his long and unsuccessful job hunt.

The ex-wife of New Jersey's latest big lottery jackpot victor is not interested in reconciliation - but hopes he does the "right thing morally" when it comes to sharing his windfall.

"I'm just very thankful that there's an honest person out there, because I figured it was gone", he said.

Murray told the Post that she was the one bringing home the bacon in the relationship, and she paid - and now continues to pay - spousal support.

Not even a $273 million jackpot would bring Eileen Murray back to her ex-husband. How long did I support him?

Still, she wishes her ex well: "I want him to surround himself with good people".

He also said he'd been "following his wife" around the country during their marriage but got a fresh start after the divorce. "Yesterday I got my first interview", he says, "It's just a miracle". "Maybe I'll be a beach bum now".

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Mike Weirsky, who is unemployed and recently divorced, purchased lottery tickets at a QuickChek supermarket near New Jersey's border with Pennsylvania.

Someone at the store found them and returned them to the store to hold. Michael J. Weirsky of Warren County, New Jersey claimed the million dollar jackpot at Lottery Headquarters on Thursday, according to a press release from lottery officials.

"I put the ticket down. Put my money away and [there was] something with my phone ... and just walked away".

"I've got to find him and thank him", Weirsky said, adding, "I am going to give him something, but I am going to keep that private". "I'm gonna give him something".

Now he plans to buy a pickup truck for himself, a auto for his mother and remodel her house.

She doesn't plan on getting back together with him, however.

"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", he said.

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