Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Winner of $315 million Powerball jackpot comes forward

Winner of $315 million Powerball jackpot comes forward

"I like the numbers and I always play with those numbers", he told The Associated Press, referring to his job as an accountant.

Souami told reporters that he was "very emotional" after walking into the press conference with a wide smile on his face.

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

Souami, who is originally from Africa, says he came to America in June of 1996.

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. The first ticket that he scanned wasn't the victor, but the second ticket said "good". He liked the number and was feeling lucky, so he purchased two tickets using the money he got from the returned orange juice and mostly forgot about the lottery for the rest of the day.

A lottery official confirmed the victor is from northern New Jersey but didn't say where.

Souami said the clerk scanned the ticket and said, "Oh, my God!"

It wasn't known Thursday if the victor had chose to claim the lump sum or take their winnings over time. Oh my God. Oh my God, ' " he said, adding his heart was beating out of his chest "just like a 'Tom and Jerry" cartoon". He'll pay off his recently refinanced home, pay for his daughter's college tuition and pay off his own college loans.

"I have to take care of them", he said.

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

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

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