As previously reported, someone in New Jersey won the Powebrall jackpot in Saturday night’s drawing. The pot was $338 million. The winner shouldn’t be the only one getting paid, however.
It turns out that winner Pedro Quezada owes $29,000 in back child support. As reported by both NPR and Reuters, New Jersey law enforcement officials have said as much. Hopefully he’ll set aside some of the remaining cash for any future payments he’s accountable for.
According to Reuters, Quezada opted for the lump sum payment for his winnings, which will get him $211 million. That should still take care of it. The report also quotes a statement from the sheriff, saying Quezada is subject to potential arrest until the warrant is satisfied.
The Powerball website has a page that shares winners’ stories. I wonder if the child support part will make it in Quezada’s story. So far, the story is not on the site, and is listed as “pending”.
Quezada’s winning numbers were: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, Powerball: 31. In addition to the jackpot winner, Saturday’s drawing saw a Match 5 Power Play winner ($2 million) in Iowa, and $1 million Match 5 winners in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. There were a total of 2,486,305 winners on Saturday, and $30,662,765 in non-jackpot prizes won.
The current Powerball jackpot is at $50 million with the next drawing scheduled for Saturday.