"When the clerk told me that wins over $600 have to go to the Lottery office, I thought I could buy my wife something nice for the 4th of July," he told Oregon Lottery officials. "I had no idea that ticket was worth $150 million!"
Nickell said he checked the numbers when he got home and discovered he had won a $150.4 million jackpot, which he claimed this week as a $61 million lump sum after taxes.
"At first I felt guilty I won," he said. "Then I realized that I'm the guy that gets to stand up and say BINGO! We all play the game, it just so happens I'm the guy who got to win this time."