'THIS IS BIG': N.J. man claims US$315 million Powerball jackpot


'THIS IS BIG': N.J. man claims US$315 million Powerball jackpot

He has two children. "I like the numbers and I always play with those numbers", he said. "I scanned the ticket on my phone and then rebooted my phone before checking again. The second ticket was good but the machine said it must be seen by the retailer", he said.

"What do you mean by, 'Oh my God?'" he asked her.

Souami had bought two tickets for the May 19 drawing at a ShopRite grocery store in Hackensack when he was returning something. The winning numbers were 3, 6, 9, 17, 56 and the Powerball 25, according to NewJersey.com.

Souami, a father of two, said he chose to take the more than $183 million cash payout.

A $2 ticket gives you a one in 292.2 million chance at joining the hall of Powerball champions.

Souami, who until very recently was an accountant for a food importing company, said he wanted to make sure the 200 people he works with would be OK before he quit.

"I love orange juice now", he said.

Souami, a 53-year-old father of two added he plans to pay off his college loans, pay for his daughter to go to college next year and pay off his home.

This marks the second major lottery win in New Jersey this year.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, June 12, with an estimated jackpot of $144 million and cash option of $85 million.



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