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 .
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.