Pedro Quezada, a 44-year-old father of five and New Jersey convenience store owner is the winner of the $338 million Powerball. “I felt pure joy,” Quezada said. He is the winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. The first thing he did was call his wife with the surprising news. “I had no words,” she said of hearing her husband had won. “My heart wanted to come out of my chest. I had no words.” Quezada came to the United States from the city of Jarabacoa 26 years ago and played the lottery regularly. He played the winning Quik-Pik ticket Saturday at the Eagle Liquor store in Passaic. The winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing were: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, and the Powerball number, 31. Lottery officials said Quezada accepted the winnings in the form of a lump-sum payment worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. The money is going to change my life but it won’t change my heart,” he said. “My family is a very humble family and we’re going to help each other out.” One thing he is considering with his winnings is a new car since he walks everywhere. It’s great to see hardworking people win big! Congrats Pedro Quezada!
Dominican Immigrant from New Jersey Wins $338m Powerball Jackpot