Winner of $315 million Powerball jackpot comes forward

New Jersey accountant wins $315 million Powerball jackpot

New Jersey accountant wins $315 million Powerball jackpot

The first ticket scanned wasn't a victor, he said. And I say to the lady, I hand it to the lady and I say 'Can you check? "I like the numbers and I always play with those numbers", he said.

"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.

"The clerk kept saying, "Oh my God".

Souami, who is a married father of four, came to the United States in 1996.

"I was thinking about the fact that the Royal Farms store had sold two Cash4Life winning tickets a while back", the retiree told Lottery officials. Oh my God. Oh my God, ' " he said, adding his heart was beating out of his chest "just like a 'Tom and Jerry" cartoon".

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

"I love orange juice now", he said.

The jackpot is the third largest in state history.

He refinanced his house in order to send his 17-year-old daughter to college, he said, and had received the check just a week before winning.

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

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

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