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Tuesday March 26, 2013

Dominican Bodega Owner Pedro Quezada Wins $338.3M Jackpot

Dominican Bodega Owner Pedro Quezada Wins $338.3M Jackpot

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The man believed to be the winner of the fourth largest jackpot in Powerball history is New Jersey bodega owner Pedro Quezada.

The 44-year-old Dominican-born father of five says he is the winner of the $338.3 Powerball jackpot.

The odds of winning the Powerball are about 1 in 175 million. Monday’s winning numbers were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, and the Powerball number was 31.

Powerball is played in 42 states and the largest single-ticket jackpot was $365 million. It was won by a group of workers from a Nebraska meatpacking plant in Lincoln in 2006.

Should Quezada be confirmed the only winner, he could either take the lump sum, which after taxes comes out to $152 million after taxes.

The Quezada family’s neighbors say they are thrilled that a hard working man like Quezada has won, especially considering the hardship they had experienced in recent years.

Two years ago, the family’s home was broken into and everything of value was stolen. Then last year, their bodega, Apple Deli Grocery, was almost completely destroyed by a fire.

Quezada’s son, Casiano, said his family will likely keep their bodega open and maybe open another, adding, “I know he’s going to do something good with the money.”

Lottery officials scheduled a news conference Tuesday to formally announce Quezada the winner.