$315.3M Powerball victor from N.J. has stepped forward

New Jersey man claims $315 million Powerball jackpot

New Jersey man claims $315 million Powerball jackpot

And the second ticket it was good, but always I see $2, $4, but that day I see, 'Must be seen by the retailer.' I scan it again and it [said the same thing]. The owner said none of the 22 stores they own have ever sold a multi-million dollar winning lottery ticket before. "I think your machine isn't working".

"I was thinking about the fact that the Royal Farms store had sold two Cash4Life winning tickets a while back", the retiree told Lottery officials.

The cashier immediately said "Oh my God", after scanning the ticket, Souami said. "And she kept saying, "Oh, my God".


Originally from Africa, Souami came to the United States in 1996.

Souami has chose to take the cash payout, which is $183.2 million dollars before taxes. His odds on winning were one in 292.2 million. The 55-year-old Little Ferry man was an accountant for a food importing company, but has since quit his job.

"I love orange juice now", he said. His windfall is the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the New Jersey Lottery. He'll pay off his recently refinanced home, pay for his daughter's college tuition and pay off his own college loans. The $533 million haul won by Vernon resident Richard Wahl in April is the highest jackpot payout in recorded in New Jersey.

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