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An immigrant wins the fourth highest jackpot on the planet in the USA

Tom Lasten 12 April 2013 - 10:25:05

In the United States, in the State of New Jersey more precisely, a Dominican immigrant picked six correct numbers to pocket the fourth highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery, one of the most lucrative of its kind. Pedro Quezada will now be able to change his life, he who landed the fabulous sum of $338 million, a blessed fortune!

Enormous winnings for a humble player

Pedro Quezada, in his forties and a native of the Dominican Republic, won the Powerball jackpot on March 26, which was estimated at $338 million. This astronomical sum represents the fourth highest amount ever won in the history of that lottery game. The 44-year-old man, who lives in New Jersey, was not expecting such an offering but is now going to be able literally to alter his life, or clearly at least to ameliorate his day-to-day existence.

"This astronomical sum represents the fourth highest amount ever won in the history of that lottery game."

To this astonishing triumph, Pedro Quezada, his wife and their five children owe five winning numbers: 17, 29, 31, 52, and 53, without forgetting the special Powerball number, 31 a second time. While this Latino family has a small business which it owns, all the same it started out with nothing. A very modest family, the Quezadas recall that their parents and grandparents were simple people who passed along to them their sound values. For Quezada, this jackpot could only have been "a gift from heaven," as he avowed at a press conference on the day the results were announced.

A huge sum to greatly help others

Pedro and Inès Quezada can finally smile back at life and enjoy themselves!

The new multi-millionaire announced that he would be using part of the money to help people in his neighborhood. He will offer them several months' of rent payments, for he is counting on taking advantage of this sum to support those in need. The odds of hitting the jackpot were only 1 in 175 million, and the head of this Dominican family knows that he owes a debt of gratitude to all those who helped him and his family first get settled.

However, Quezada should not forget that he has opted to receive his payout in the form of a lump-sum payment – he will therefore receive $211 million unless he immediately pays all his federal taxes, in which case the amount left over for him to keep will be only $152 million. Out of that, Quezada will be obligated to deduct $29,000, a sum that he has owed to social services since 2009, and which he could never have paid without this little assist from providence.

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