The Passaic, New Jersey, man who won the $338 million Powerball lottery said he felt “pure joy” at winning the enormous jackpot, however had no idea yet what he would do with all the money.
Dominican immigrant Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters Tuesday, March 26 in order to officially claim the prize with his wife, Ines. Both of them were wearing jeans.
Quezada was asked questions in Spanish and English and answered all the questions in Spanish, with a translator standing next to him.
The winning ticket was a Quick Pick, bought together with a Jersey Cash 5 ticket. Quezada explained that he played lottery 2-3 times per week, occasionally picking his own numbers and sometimes getting Quick Picks.
The former bodega owner-operator came to the United States from the city of Jarabacoa 26 years ago. He mentioned that his mind is not clear enough yet to determine how he would use the money.
He was asked if he could think of any uses and he replied that he could use a good car. Asked what kind of car he had now, he said, “My feet.” Lotteries
On Monday night Quezada was “hiding” from the press in an undisclosed location, however celebrated the win with his brothers and his mother. He placed the winning ticket in a safety deposit box overnight.
Quezada explained that he did not know in what form he would take his winnings, but he mentioned that he had already secured the services of a financial planner. A lump-sum payment would be worth $221 million, or approximately $152 million after taxes, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.
He showed up late Monday at the liquor store in Passaic where he bought the ticket to see if he had the winner. The ticket was validated at 4:17 p.m., consequently that gave him less than 24 hours to weigh his future as a multimillionaire before appearing at the news conference.
Quezada had worked 15-hour days for years at a bodega in his new hometown of Passaic, in northern New Jersey. Nevertheless, his son is now running the small grocery.
He explained that his bodega days were over, and considering all the money he had won, he was not planning to let his son keep working there, either.