$338 million beer run: A New Jersey man claimed the $338 million Powerball jackpot after playing the lottery and getting beer.
When a New Jersey man went on a beer run after work, he didn’t realize it would result in him winning $338 million.
Pedro Quezada, 44, recently got off work and went to the Eagle Liquor store in Passaic, N.J., and got some beer and played the lottery. He ended up guessing all the Powerball jackpot numbers right before he validated his ticket on Monday, it was reported.
Quezada, a native of the Dominican Republican, has five children and said that “I’m going to help a lot of people, whatever they need,” reported the New York Daily News.
Eagle Liquors owner Sunil Seth, 51, told the Post that people in the Passaic neighborhood “are very happy and excited” with his winning. “People in the neighborhood could use some help,” Seth added.
The New York Post said that Quezada and his family live in a “run-down” apartment near a highway.
“We won! We won! We’re not gonna be poor anymore!” Quezada told his mother after he learned that he won, according to the paper.
He was asked questions in Spanish and English and answered all the questions in Spanish, with a translator standing next to him.
When he realized he had won, he said, “I felt pure joy, just happiness.”
Up until last year, Quezada had worked 15-hour days at a bodega in his adopted hometown of Passaic, in northern New Jersey. His son now runs the small grocery.
He said his bodega days are over, and given all the money he won, he doesn’t plan to let his son keep working there, either.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.