What a lucky guy! The winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot, 44-year-old Pedro Quezada of New Jersey, told media that his first priority will be helping out his family. He was validated as the winner at the Eagle Liquors store on Monday afternoon, the same store where he bought the ticket.
Quezada is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and lives in Passaic, New Jersey, a part of Bergen County located 15 miles northwest of New York City. He told reporters in Spanish that he was "very happy." His wife, Ines Sanchez, told The Record in Bergen County that her hubsand called her Monday with the news.
"I still can't believe it," she said. "We never expected it but thank God."
One of their neighbors, Eladia Vazquez, has lived in the neighborhood for the past 25 years. Describing the couple as "quiet and not overly talkative," she also said the couple seemed to work all the time. Another neighbor divulged that the couple has five children and owns a bodega in Passaic.
"The is super for all of us on this block," Valdez said. "They deserve it because they are hardworking people."