$338M lottery winner says he feels ‘pure joy’

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:43 p.m.
Pedro Quezada, the winner of the Powerball jackpot, talks to the media during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Lawrenceville, N.J. Quezada , 44, won the $338 million jackpot with the winning ticket he purchased at Eagle Liquors store in Passaic, N.J. (AP PHOTO)
Pedro Quezada, the winner of the Powerball jackpot, talks to the media during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Lawrenceville, N.J. Quezada , 44, won the $338 million jackpot with the winning ticket he purchased at Eagle Liquors store in Passaic, N.J. (AP PHOTO)

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball lottery says he felt “pure joy” at winning the huge jackpot.

Dominican immigrant Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters Tuesday afternoon to officially claim the prize. He and his wife, Ines, came in jeans.


Quezada was initially asked questions in Spanish and answered in Spanish before they were translated.

The former bodega owner-operator says his mind is not clear enough yet to figure out what he will do with the money. He’s been in the country 26 years.

If Quezada takes a lump-sum payment, it would be worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

It’s the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

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