Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey man who just won the Powerball jackpot, is reportedly a deadbeat dad.
Quezada, who is married and has five children, owes about $29,000 in child support going back to 2009.
The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find Quezada to resolve the issue.
However, it looks like the bill will be settled no matter what. The lottery division generally pays off judgments before winnings are released.
Quezada took the lump sum payment, which will pay him about $152 million after taxes.
The lucky 44-year-old, a Dominican immigrant who won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history, is already making big moves now that he’s among the ultra rich: Quezada has put his bodega up for sale.
A “for sale” sign has been placed at the now famous shop. It was on his way home from that store that Quezada popped in at Eagle Liquor, picked up a couple of beers and played the lottery.
He will surely not miss his bodega, he said a few days ago.
“Imagine having to wake up every morning at 5 a.m. and to then close at 11 p.m.,” Quezada said. “Of course it’s very difficult.”
Another priority for him is to buy a car, saying the other day: “[My life] has to change,” Quezada said, “[But it] will not change my heart.”AlertMe