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$338M Powerball jackpot winner identified after validating ticket at Passaic, NJ, store

Posted at 9:40 PM, Mar 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-26 13:02:23-04
Lotto Winner Pedro Quezada

Pedro Quezada said he was “nervous and tired” after rushing to Eagle Liquor, where he bought the ticket, 15 minutes after he found out he had the winning ticket.

The person who bought the winning $338 million Powerball jackpot in Passaic, NJ, has been identified.

Pedro Quezada validated his ticket Monday afternoon at Eagle Liquor, where he buys his tickets daily — and found out he was the winner.  Surrounded by a swarm of cameras and reporters, Quezada said he was “nervous and tired” but extremely happy.

Quezada, 44, has five children, according to the NY Daily News.

Eagle Liquors Powerball

Eagle liquor store owner Sunil Sethi will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

He says he plans on taking the prize as an up-front lump sum instead of an annuity.  Quezada will receive $211 million, which, after taxes, would be a $151 million haul, according to New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger.

As for his plans for his new-found wealth, Quezada plans on taking care of his family first, he said.

Another winner is store owner Sunil Sethi, who will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket. “This is the land of dreams. We had a dream to sell the winning lotto ticket. It feels like my dream came true,” Sethi told the Daily News.