An unemployed New Jersey man is now searching for a good Samaritan whose honesty helped him win a $273 million jackpot last week.

Following a recent divorce, 54-year-old Mike Weirsky has been struggling to find a job, but to no avail.

His luck took a turn, however, when he bought two Mega Millions lottery tickets from a convenience store in Phillipsburg, New Jersey for $2 each. Upon getting distracted by something on his phone, he left the store without taking his tickets.

A mysterious stranger then found the tickets and turned them in to store employees. Weirsky returned to the store the next day, verified that the tickets were his, and went home.

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He was later stunned to discover that one of the tickets had won the $273 million prize.

If it had not been for the integrity of the unidentified shopper, Weirsky would not have been a winner – and now, he wants to track down the stranger so he can offer the man a reward.

“I’m looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him,” Weirsky told Associated Press. “I’m going to give him something, but I’m going to keep that private.”

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Weirsky says that the sudden financial windfall is a welcomed stroke of luck following his long and unsuccessful job hunt. Ironically, he says that he finally got a call for his first job interview just days after he won the jackpot – but now, he plans on using the money to buy his mother a new car and take his family on a vacation before consulting with lawyers on what to do next.

“I was down, and somehow now, all of a sudden, I’m way up,” Weirsky told news conference reporters with a laugh.

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