The March 23, 2013 USA Powerball draw produced a single winner from Passaic, New Jersey. The Saturday draw winning numbers were 17, 29, 31, 53, 53 and Powerball 31. The jackpot for the draw reached $338 million. If the winner will choose a lump sum cash payout, he will receive $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. The winning ticket, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history, was sold by Eagle Liquors in Passaic.
Thirteen tickets matched all but the Powerball number on this March 23, 2013 draw. Each of the thirteen tickets will receive $1 million. Those thirteen tickets were sold Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
A Dominican immigrant, Pedro Quezada, showed up on Monday afternoon at the Eagle Liquors where he purchased the winning to ticket to have it validated. New Jersey Lottery officials scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to formally declare Pedro Quezada the winner of $338M Powerball jackpot.
The Quezada family migrated to the U.S. in the 1980s from the city of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The Quezadas are running the family-owned bodega, the Apple Deli Grocery. Neighbors claimed that Quezada is a hard-working man who they hardly see in the apartment they live in because he goes to work very early and come back home very late.
The Quezadas suffered misfortunes and setbacks before winning this huge Powerball jackpot. Fire had destroyed much of their bodega and thieves broke into their apartment taking almost everything. It seems that the hard work and perseverance of Pedro Quezada is finally rewarded. He promised to help his family with the money he won from the Powerball jackpot.
USA Powerball is a lottery game sold by state lotteries in the U.S. as a shared jackpot game. The Powerball lottery is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit organization formed by an agreement by the state lotteries involved. The jackpot starts at $40 million. Draws are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Powerball is played in 42 states (43 states when California joins in April 2013), Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The largest Powerball jackpot reached $587.5 million in November, 2012. This huge jackpot was split between two winning tickets, one bought by a Missouri couple and the other one by one man from Arizona. The largest USA Powerball jackpot won by a single ticket, $365 million, was purchased by eight Lincoln meatpacking plant workers in February 2006.