NJ man left behind $273M winning Mega Millions ticket

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Mike Weirsky (Courtesy of New Jersey Lottery)

A New Jersey man says he almost forgot his $273 million, jackpot-winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at the store where it bought it.

Mike Weirsky tells NJ.com he was "messing" with his phone when he walked out of a Quick Check store in Pohatcong Township while leaving behind the tickets he bought.

The 54-year-old says a good Samaritan found the tickets and gave them to the store to hold until Weirsky returned.

The man found out Sunday he won the top prize. He's due to appear Thursday with lottery officials at a news conference to discuss his experience.

Weirsky says he was a "bum" before and after high school, so maybe he'll be a "beach bum" now.

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