Pedro Quezada was doing what he does every day after getting off work at his bodega in Passaic, N.J. — head to the Eagle Liquor store, buy some brew and play the lottery.
Quezada validated his ticket Monday afternoon at the liquor shop — and found out he was the winner of the $338 million jackpot. 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.
The Post reports that Quezada struggled with debt for years. Those troubles are now clearly behind him.
“I was praying so much for this,” Quezada told the Post. “I’m just giving thanks to God.”