Immigrant Wins Powerball

Even though the ticket has not been claimed at the New Jersey Lottery, USA Today reports a 44-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic is the winner of a $338 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

Pedro Quezada was told he won the jackpot when he walked into the Eagle Liquors in Passiac, N.J., to check his ticket Monday, the New York Daily News reported.

Customers in the store erupted in cheers as Quezada called his wife.

"I'm the millionaire, Ines, put on the TV so you can see me, or come down to the liquor store right now," the Daily News reported an emotional Quezada shouted.

Pedro Quezada told reporters that his first priority will be helping his family.

His wife, Ines Sanchez, told the Bergen Record that Quezada called her with the news Monday afternoon.

"I still can't believe it," she said. "We never expected it but thank God."

The family's apartment sits in Passaic, part of the working-class suburbs sprawling from New York City. Neighbors stood out in the rain Monday night and spoke with pride that one of their own had struck it rich.

Eladia Vazquez described Quezada and his wife as "quiet and not overly talkative" but sensed that they seemed to be working all the time.

"This is super for all of us on this block," she said. "They deserve it because they are hardworking people."

Richard Delgado, who lives down the block from Quezada's building, said the man was "a hard worker, like all of us here. We all get up in the morning and go to work."
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With Powerball being won, both multi-state lotto games have lower jackpots. Powerball goes to a minimum guarantee of $40 million and Mega Millions is below the Powerball jackpot.

$40,000,000 est
Cash Option:$25,000,000

$26,000,000 est
Cash Option:$19,200,000