$315 Million Powerball Lottery Winner Comes Forward


Souami told reporters that he was "very emotional" after walking into the press conference with a wide smile on his face. And the second ticket it was good, but always I see $2, $4, but that day I see, 'Must be seen by the retailer.' I scan it again and it [said the same thing]. The married father of four chose to take the money in a lump sum, so he'll get slightly more than $183 million after taxes.

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

He's retired from the job and plans to spend the money to pay off his house and put his two children through college. He said was on his way to a carwash when he saw a 7-Eleven and stopped in to check his Powerball tickets.

Originally from Africa, Souami came to the United States in 1996.

"I have to take care of them", Souami said. "And she kept saying, 'Oh, my God".

Lottery officials said Souami, a New Jersey resident, holds the lone winning ticket for the May 19 drawing. Oh, my God.' It's like when you see a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon: "The heart goes boom boom boom boom". He'll pay off his recently refinanced home, pay for his daughter's college tuition and pay off his own college loans.

"I love orange juice now", he said. That was the largest prize won in the state.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot will be worth $144 million ($85 million cash).