Lottery Winner Takes Home Millions
Mr Pedro Quezada, a Dominican immigrant living in a suburb of New York City claimed his US$338 million lottery winning at the New Jersey lottery headquarters.
The Powerball prize winner walked away with the fourth largest jackpot in Powerball history, putting his winnings at US$152 million after taxes. Mr Quezada decided to accept his winnings as a lump sum payment.
Mr Quezada is a former shop owner who moved to the US from Jarabacoa in the 1980s. He lives with his Mexican-born wife Ms Ines Sanchez and his business, the Apple Deli Grocery is now run by his son Casiano.
Neighbours of the family reported that the family fell on hard times in recent years. Their apartment was robbed and their store suffered a devastating fire.
Neighbours are especially delighted for the family and hope that this is just the first step in the family’s turn of fortune. A neighbour, Ms Eladia Vazquez said “[they] deserve it because they are hardworking people”
The Powerball winner described his feelings as “pure joy” and has plans to get a new car, help his community and treat his wife to “whatever she wants”.