Pedro Quezada — a 44-year-old family man from New Jersey — claimed the winning ticket at Eagle Liqours in Passaic yesterday, reports the Associated Press.
Quezada claimed the ticket in front of waiting newspaper reporters and television crews. While he did that, lottery officials would only say that the winning ticket has been validated. They said they did not yet know the winner’s name.
Ines Sanchez, Quezada’s wife, told reporters that she was still surprised about the win. Quezada would only say in Spanish that he was “very happy.”
The prize, which Quezada may claim as either an annuitized $338 million or a single-time payout of $221 million, is the fourth largest in Powerball history. The largest is the $587.5 million jackpot won by two different people in November.