Winner steps forward to claim $338 million Powerball jackpot

4:37 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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LAWRENCEVILLE, New Jersey (NBC) -- A New Jersey man described as a "hardworking immigrant" is the winner of a huge jackpot in the Powerball lottery.

44-year-old Pedro Quezada, father of five, hails from the Dominican Republic and doesn't speak English, but can now afford his own translator...along with a lot of other things.

He's the winner of the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history, $338-million.

Pedro showed up late Monday at the liquor store in Passaic, New Jersey where he purchased the ticket to have it validated, then walked into to state lottery headquarters Tuesday as the owner of a small grocery store, but left a multi-millionaire.

Quezada may return to the Dominican Republic that he left in the late 1980s to come to the United States, and he may take his winnings in a lump sum payout of $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

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