$338 Million Powerball Jackpot Winner Comes Forward

PASSAIC, N.J. (March 26, 2013)—Pedro Quezada, 44, is the winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot.

New Jersey lottery officials said the Dominican immigrant decided to take the payment in one lump sum, which means Quezada will receive about $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

Quezada appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the prize officially, a day after learning he had the winning ticket.

He appeared with his wife, Ines Sanchez, his four brothers, and two nephews. Quezada and his wife, who is from Tlaxcala, Mexico, have been married nine years.

Quezada says his mind isn't clear enough yet to figure out what he will do with the money.

But he said he could use a car.

Asked what kind of car he has now, he said, "My feet."

The numbers drawn Saturday were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

Quezada's neighbors say they’re thrilled that one of their own has struck it rich.

It was the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

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