Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey’s Powerball lottery winner of $338 million, celebrated his win last week, during a press conference, but things are not so great anymore. According to NYDailyNews, the former “bodega owner” is wanted for unpaid child support and he is unable to claim the amount of money until he pays $29,000, the Passaic County Sheriff said.
The Powerball winner faces unpaid child support charges, after an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, the sheriff’s office added.
Pedro Quezada is the father of five children, between the ages of five and twenty-three years old, and and one granddaughter. According to Casiano, one of his sons, a lawyer has been hired and he is “working through it”, CNN said.
Judith Drucker, New Jersey Lottery spokeswoman said that every person who wins over $600 from the Lottery is checked for liens, child support, and outstanding taxes. If such issues are found, the unpaid funds are deducted from the Lottery final payment.
He specified that his plan is to help his relatives with this win: “My life has changed. It will not change my heart”. “My family is a very humble family and we are going to help each other out”, according to ABC News.
The 44-year-old Powerball Winner chosen a lump-sum cash payment, which means a total of $152 million after taxes, apparently the third-largest single cash prize ever awarded by the lottery.
FoxNews also reports that police visited Pedro Quezada’s apartment the next day after he claimed the win, but “no one answered the door”. And apparently the store where he used to work is up for sale.