Woman Whose Ex-Husband Won $273 Million Lottery Only Wants 1 Thing


After a divorce, something happened to Eileen Murray that she never expected…

She Couldn’t Believe His Luck

After spending 15 years trying to provide for her unemployed husband, this woman had enough. They might have divorced, but she was still legally obligated to pay alimony for her ex-husband. A few months later, the man purchased some lottery tickets and ended up walking away with the $273 million jackpot…

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She Couldn’t Believe His Luck

 

15 Long Years

Like many newlyweds, the first few years of marriage seemed to go really well for Mike and Eileen. However, every honeymoon comes to an end and eventually, the time comes when a husband and wife have to put a lot of work into their marriage. Soon enough, the cracks started to show in their marriage. Furthermore, it seemed like there was one standout reason why Eileen was starting to have regrets about even shacking up with Mike in the first place…

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15 Long Years

He Never Had A Steady Job

Eileen admitted that part of her issues with Mike was that he was never able to hold down a long-term job. This made it difficult for them to make ends meet. “We had a dog. He took care of the dog,” she said. Other than that though, Mike was rarely in a position to provide for his family. And this was only scratching the surface of just how much of an issue money was for them over the years…

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He Never Had A Steady Job

She Was The Breadwinner

Things seemed to get progressively worse for Mike and Eileen after a decade of being together. With Mike unable to secure a steady job to provide for his family, it was up to Eileen to step up to become the breadwinner. She worked full time for an energy company and has held down her position up until the present day. It was only a matter of time before the financial pressures completely tore this holy matrimony apart…

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She Was The Breadwinner

It’s Over?

After 15 long years of instability and struggling to make ends meet, Eileen and Mike decided that enough was enough and the couple finalized their divorce in early 2019. It’s never been stated exactly why they called it quits on their marriage, but it seems like money had a huge part to play. During the divorce proceedings, Eileen claimed that she had to pay Mike a hefty fee. Even though Eileen thought this chapter in her life was over, she is still indebted to Mike until this very day…

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It’s Over?

She Kept Supporting Him

Eileen had made most of the couple’s income during their 15 years together. As a result, the judge ordered her to pay Mike in alimony for the next five years. Also known as spousal support, alimony is a standard procedure that usually happens when married couples divorce. One party is obligated to financially support the other even after divorce or separation. However, Eileen could never foresee what would happen just a few months after she was legally bound to pay alimony to Mike…

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She Kept Supporting Him

He Tried His Luck

Just a few months after the couple finalized their divorce, Mike went to his local New Jersey QuickChek convenience store. He did his usual thing, perusing around the store, looking for some snacks. Then, he had a sudden urge to buy a couple of lottery tickets for the Mega Millions. After filling in his numbers and paying the store clerk, Mike went on his way and didn’t think much of it. Just a few days later, Mike was in for some big news…

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He Tried His Luck

He Won The Jackpot

Just a few days after he had tried his luck with the Mega Millions lottery, something happened that would change his life forever, he became the winner of the multi-million dollar jackpot! He still didn’t have a job to his name and Mike had no idea what had happened. Moreover, it was just a couple of months after his untimely divorce. However, there was one thing getting in the way of Mike’s moment of triumph – he couldn’t find his ticket…

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He Won The Jackpot

He Forgot To Take The Ticket

Frantically searching his pockets, Mike soon realized why he couldn’t locate his lottery winning ticket. He had left it behind at that New Jersey QuickChek when he purchased them. “[I was] paying more attention to my cellphone,” he said. “I put the tickets down. Put my money away and [there was] something with my phone…and just walked away.” However, he was in store for yet another surprise when he rushed over to the convenience store…

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He Forgot To Take The Ticket

Good Samaritan

It turns out that Phil Campolo, the very same clerk who served Mike on that fateful evening saw that he had left the ticket when he had already left. “His tickets were here on the counter,” Campolo said. “So I put them for safe-keeping under our register.” Mike arrived to collect his ticket and waited for Campolo to hand over the ticket. It was at this moment that he stared at the winning numbers and realized he had won the huge jackpot…

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Good Samaritan

$273 Million

It’s amazing to think that a man who had struggled to make money for the entire duration of his marriage was now sitting on an absolute ton of money. In one moment, he was unemployed, and in the next, he was a happily retired man! With a staggering $273 million to his name now, Mike would never have to work another day in his life. However, it was just a matter of time before Eileen found out what had happened…

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$273 Million

I Was Down, Now I’m Up

Soon enough, Mike’s amazing story stole the headlines and it was just a matter of time before he would be called up to have a press conference and officially receive his $273 million Mega Millions check. It was a monumental occasion that he was sure to never forget. “I was down, and now all of a sudden, I’m way up,” he said. And surely enough, Mike was able to celebrate his winnings with some likely (and unlikely) individuals…

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I Was Down, Now I’m Up

He Brought His Family Along

During Mike’s press conference, when he officially unveiled his Mega Millions check, all of his loved ones were in attendance, including his cousins, siblings and even his mother. In fact, Mike had a funny story about the moment he told his mom that he had won the lottery. When he told her that he had won $273 million, all she could say was, “get the hell out of here!” And Mike’s mom wasn’t the only person who was shocked…

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He Brought His Family Along

She Was Shocked

Needless to say, Eileen was absolutely lost for words when she found out that it was her ex-husband, Mike, who had won $273 million. “I had already seen that somebody had purchased a ticket at that store,” she said. “There’s no way that could be him and sure enough, it was. I was shocked.” What made the realization, even more, haunting for Eileen was finding out where her ex-husband had purchased that life-changing lottery ticket…

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She Was Shocked

He Proposed To Her There 20 Years Ago

Eileen soon realized something that would prove to be the most ironic part of this entire story. It was revealed that the Quickchek store that Mike had purchased his lottery ticket at was the exact same store that he had proposed to Eileen nearly two decades previously! And while readers might be wondering if he ever gave her a percentage of the winnings, there was someone else who was ahead of Eileen on Mike’s to-give list…

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He Proposed To Her There 20 Years Ago

He Rewarded The Store Clerk

Seeing that store clerk Phil Campolo held onto Mike’s jackpot lottery ticket, Mike knew in his heart that he was immediately indebted to the young man. He needed to give Campolo some money for his act of kindness. “There’s not many people who are honest like that,” Mike said, struggling to contain his emotions. “I can’t ask for a better friend. And I’m sure we’re going to be friends.” Now Mike could figure out what to do with the rest…

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He Rewarded The Store Clerk

Let’s Go Shopping

While Mike claimed to have been looking for work, even while married to Eileen, he is now relieved that he doesn’t have to go through those struggles anymore. Now, he’s thinking about what to do with the winnings. The first item on his to-buy list? A Ford Raptor Truck. “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. “And when I get the money I’m going to do that.”

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Let’s Go Shopping

Why Is She Still Paying Alimony?

It seems like Eileen and Mike’s financial situation has completely changed overnight. Now that Mike has millions to his name, Eileen believes that what she is paying her ex-husband in alimony is like “pocket money” in comparison. And while it was initially unclear whether or not Eileen wanted a piece of Mike’s lottery winnings, it seems like we might now have a definitive answer to that question. Also, many have shared their opinions on the matter…

Why Is She Still Paying Alimony?

Everyone’s Talking About It

Soon enough, Mike and Eileen’s crazy story stole the headlines and became nationwide news, with people all over the country debating about what the right answer was to their situation. “He should give his wife 20% after that,” Michael Strahan said on Good Morning America. “15 years? Or at least 15%! A percent a year.” “He won in separate property and she has absolutely no right to it,” Lawyer Kelly Chang Rickert said. However, it’s Mike who probably has the most interesting view on the matter…

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Everyone’s Talking About It

He Doesn’t Care

When asked about the prospect of Mike and Eileen ever getting back together, the Mega Millions winner gave a resounding “No,” claiming that ship sailed long before he won the lottery. “$270 million does not make me appealing to her. That’s what she said in the New York Post interview,” he said. “I don’t care. She didn’t have a chance of getting back with me and I don’t want her back.” As for Eileen, she also wanted to put an end to the rumors, once and for all…

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He Doesn’t Care

She’s Not Looking For Money

In an interview with Inside Edition, Eileen made it crystal clear she had no interest in having any of Mike’s money. “I don’t want anybody to misconstrue anything that I’m coming after him because I’ve heard this from numerous places…” she said. “‘I’m taking him back to court.’ ‘I want a part of his lottery winnings.’ I don’t.” That wasn’t enough though, as far as Eileen was concerned. She wanted to set the record straight about one more thing…

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She’s Not Looking For Money

She Doesn’t Want Him Back

It’s not just the money that Eileen wants no part to play in. The way she looks at it, no money in the world could bring her back to Mike. “Now that you have money it doesn’t mean that I’d want to come back,” she said. And while it’s clear that Eileen doesn’t want Mike or his millions any time soon, there is one thing she wants that will hopefully bring some closure to this crazy story…

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She Doesn’t Want Him Back

No More Alimony

Eileen simply isn’t interested in ever getting back together with Mike or having a single dime of his lottery winnings. All she wants now is to stop paying him alimony when he obviously doesn’t need her “pocket change.” “The only thing that I would like to see is obviously termination of [alimony],” she said. And while this seems like a reasonable request, there is one more thing Eileen wants from Mike, now that he has the financial resources…

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No More Alimony

Provide For The Family

The only thing left that Eileen hopes Mike will do is use his money wisely, primarily using it to support his family. In her mind, it’s a no-brainer. “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 in that interview. “You tell me what’s the moral thing to do.” Now the money ball is in Mike’s court…

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Provide For The Family

Will You Marry Me?

This crazy story began nearly 20 years ago when Mike Weirsky decided to get down on one knee and ask for his girlfriend Eileen Murray’s hand in marriage. She unequivocally said yes and it wouldn’t take long before they tied the knot. It seemed like a match made in heaven and this was undoubtedly the most important moment in their lives. However, it wasn’t just how he proposed to her that added a sharp twist to this story. It was where…

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Will You Marry Me?

She’s Feeling Lucky

While it’s unclear if Mike did end up doing “the right thing,” Eileen is enjoying some sense of closure. After senior correspondent Les Trent spoke with her and learned her thought process, he decided to treat her to a couple of lottery tickets. “Let’s see if we can make you as lucky as your ex. Ready?” he asked her. Of course, it didn’t matter if Eileen won or not. She’s just happy to move on.

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She’s Feeling Lucky