New Jersey — Georgia's newest millionaire skipped work Thursday after claiming half the $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, while lottery officials in New Jersey waited for the second winning ticket in the richest lottery in U.S. history to surface.
"I just hope it's a person that really deserves the money, someone that really needs it," said Jim Schroder, the owner of Campark Liquors in Woodbine, where that second ticket was sold.
In Georgia, winner Ed Nabors wasn't answering his phone. He skipped work Thursday, said Sal Perillo, general counsel for his employer, Mohawk Industries.
"He's probably sitting down trying to figure out what's going to happen," Perillo said. "We are all very excited for him and very happy for him, and that comes from the heart."
"I'm still numb," Nabors, 52, had said Wednesday as he held his oversized lottery check reading: $116.5 million.