You might have told your ex that you wouldn’t take him back "even for a million dollars," but only Eileen Murray can say she turned down her ex-husband after his $273 million lottery payday.
Her ex, New Jersey man Mike Weirsky, won his fortune by hitting the Mega Millions jackpot, thanks to a kind store clerk who told Weirsky he had left his winning ticket on the counter.
At a press conference, Weirsky, 54, claimed his ex had been in touch with him after hearing about his big win. But Murray, 53, says she never contacted him, and probably won’t for several months.
"He’ll think I’m there with my hand out and I have no intention to do that," she explained.
See, despite the romantic Hollywood ending you might be picturing, Murray insists she wouldn't take Weirsky back for all the money in the world in a painful interview with The New York Post.
"He’s not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money," she said.
The couple were married for 15 years before divorcing last November, and Murray complains that Weirsky mooched off her throughout the marriage. In fact, Murray is currently paying spousal support to her multi-millionaire husband.
She also continues to work for a local utilities company, while Weirsky is unemployed.
Murray even says she won’t take Weirsky to court for half of his jackpot, which will shrink to about $162 million after taxes.
"I’m not going after anything," she said. "I have morals. I know what I’ve worked for and it’s everything that I have."
While she has no objections to letting her husband pay her back for her years of support, Murray is not counting on her former flame to "do the right thing."
"Think about it," she said. "How long did I work? How long did I support him? I had to give him a lot of money in the divorce. You tell me - what’s the moral thing to do?"
While Murray has good wishes for her ex - she wants him "to surround himself with good people" - she doubts the money will change their relationship for the better.
Although Murray may not get a cut of Weirsky’s winnings, the lucky guy promises to give the clerk who returned his tickets "something" to show his gratitude.
Weirsky also says he plans to buy a new Ford Raptor truck with his winnings.