New Jersey man claims $315 million Powerball jackpot

Tayeb Souami of Little Ferry gestures as he is introduced as the $351.3 million Powerball winner Friday

Tayeb Souami of Little Ferry gestures as he is introduced as the $351.3 million Powerball winner Friday

So on May 19, Souami dutifully trudged back to the store in Hackensack, New Jersey, - OJ and receipt in hand.

The next day, Souami found out he'd won in a dramatic fashion.

While Souami was stopped at a red light, he noticed a 7-Eleven store to his right and went inside to check his lottery tickets.

When Earl checked the tickets from the May 2 drawing at a Lottery retailer, he "saw a lot of zeros!" "I think your machine isn't working".

"My heart, it was just beating beating, beating", he told reporters. "And she kept saying, "Oh, my God".

"That's when I realized we missed the big one by one number", he said, while claiming the prize at Lottery headquarters with two members of the group, Gary Sullivan and Joe Moore Jr.

Souami, originally from Africa, moved to the United States in 1996.

Souami has chose to take the cash payout, which is $183.2 million dollars before taxes.

"When he told me we won, I had to see for myself", said Joe.

The jackpot - which has a cash value of $183 million - is the third largest New Jersey Powerball single-player win, according to officials. He'll pay off his recently refinanced home, pay for his daughter's college tuition and pay off his own college loans.

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