The New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball lottery says he felt “pure joy” at winning the huge jackpot, but has no idea yet what he will do with all the money. Dominican immigrant Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters Tuesday to officially claim the prize with his wife, Ines.
Quezada was asked questions in Spanish and English and answered all the questions in Spanish, with a translator by his side.
The former bodega owner-operator, who came to the United States from the city of Jarabacoa 26 years ago, said his mind is not clear enough yet to figure out how he will use the money. Asked if he could think of any uses, he said he could use a good car. Asked what kind of car he has now, he said, “My feet.”
Quezada said he doesn’t know in what form he will take his winnings. A lump-sum payment would be worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.
When he realized he had won, he said, “I felt pure joy, just happiness.”
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