Chris Manzi, a print shop owner from New Jersey, went to work the day after winning a Mega Millions jackpot last year—at 5 a.m. no less.
He had just won $3.5 million, his after-tax portion of a $14 million Mega Millions jackpot he shared with a friend. Instead of skipping town on a chartered jet, he followed his father's wisdom: invest and work hard.
"The lottery gives you a little bit of a handbook and a guide telling you what to do and what not to do," Manzi said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Tuesday. "But having my financial advisers and my family and friends who gave me some good advice, ... I followed my father's practices."
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