NJ man claims $315.three million Powerball lottery jackpot
Tayeb Souami was once all smiles Friday as New Jersey lottery officers introduced that he was once the winner of the $315.three million Powerball jackpot gained in May.
“My day has come,” the 55-year-old accountant advised a crowd all the way through a lottery presentation Friday. “Hopefully one day it will come for you too.”
He added that he did paintings for a meals uploading corporate, however has hand over his process since successful the jackpot.
The Little Ferry local elected to take the money payout, that means he’ll obtain $183.2 million, earlier than taxes.
“This is big. I am very emotional right now. I like the numbers and I always play with those numbers,” he mentioned.
Souami mentioned he came upon he was once the winner on Sunday morning. He had deliberate to do a little paintings, however learned his automobile was once grimy. On his solution to a automobile wash, he noticed a 7-Eleven and stopped in to test his Powerball tickets.
“When I went inside, I scanned the first ticket and it wasn’t the winner. The second ticket was good but it the machine said it must be seen by the retailer,” he mentioned.
“The clerk kept saying, ‘oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,’ and my heart went just like a ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon when the heart went boom boom… and I found out after that I was the one.”
He had purchased two tickets whilst returning a product on the ShopRite.
Souami mentioned he’ll communicate to his monetary marketing consultant about what to do with the cash, however he did say that one of the vital first issues he’ll do is handle his circle of relatives, particularly with regards to the training of his two kids.
The father had jus refinanced his area to be able to ship his daughter to school, he mentioned. He won the take a look at only a week earlier than successful the prize.
Originally from Africa, Souami got here to the United States in 1996. When requested what nation he was once from, he declined to specify.
He described himself as an intermittent lottery participant.
Souami bought the lone successful lottery price ticket — with the successful numbers three, 6, nine, 17, and 56, with Powerball quantity 25 for the Saturday, May 19 drawing — at a ShopRite positioned on South River Street in Hackensack.
To say Souami was once simply fortunate can be a real understatement. The odds of successful the May drawing had been one in 292.2 million.
Souami’s providence is the fourth greatest lottery jackpot gained within the state lottery’s historical past. Back in April, Richard Wahl of Vernon gained the biggest amount of cash within the state’s historical past, $533 million after taking part in Powerball.
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