Speaking through a translator and smiling ear-to-ear, Pedro Quezada was still stunned at his new reality and still not sure what to do next.
“I never thought I would win such a prize. “
Cameras snapped off picture after picture of Quezada – a Passaic New Jersey bodega owner – who is now $338 million richer; thanks to his Powerball ticket purchase.
Quezada was only 19 years old when he came to the US from the Dominican Republic…
He has lived here for 26 years and for the last 6 operated a bodega in Passaic.
Quezada has regularly played the lottery 2 to 3 times a week and this time it paid off big time.
“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.”
Quezada is married with five children and while he’s even hiding from the media frenzy now surrounding him he says he’s not sure what he wants to do with all his winnings. He did say, however, that his first purchase will be a car.
“(My life) has to change,” Quezada said, “(But it) will not change my heart