Victor of $315.3M Powerball jackpot comes forward in New Jersey

Daniel Fowler
Июня 11, 2018

Tayeb Souami, of Little Ferry, gestures as he was introduced as the $351.3 million Powerball victor, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Trenton, N.J.

But at the customer service counter, he saw a sign for the Powerball jackpot, which had ballooned to $306 million at that point, according to video of Souami's news conference posted by CBS New York.

Tayeb Souami, of Little Ferry, gestures as he is introduced as the $351.3 million Powerball victor, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Trenton, N.J.

The victor of a $315 million lottery jackpot is a New Jersey accountant.

Tayeb Souami was introduced Friday during a news conference at lottery headquarters.

"I like the number", he said he thought to himself before buying two tickets with the cash he was refunded from the orange juice.

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Souami, who is originally from Africa, is an accountant for a food importing company and wanted to make sure the more than 200 people he works with would be OK, he said. The married father of four made a decision to take the money in a lump sum, so he'll get slightly more than $183 million after taxes.

The latest Powerball drawing offers another hefty jackpot for anyone fortunate to hold a lottery ticket with the right numbers.

The next day, Souami found out he'd won in a dramatic fashion. When he stopped at a red light, he went into a 7 Eleven store to check the tickets. When the clerk scanned the ticket, she said, "Oh, my God!" The second ticket was "good", but on the scanner read instructions to see the cashier.

He realized he won and rushed home to tell his wife.

He refinanced his house in order to send his 17-year-old daughter to college, he said, and had received the check just a week before winning.

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