New Jersey accountant wins $315 million Powerball jackpot


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

"I love orange juice now", he said at a press conference.

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

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

But on the way to the carwash, he stepped into a 7-Eleven convenience store to check the tickets. The owner said none of the 22 stores they own have ever sold a multi-million dollar winning lottery ticket before.

When Earl checked the tickets from the May 2 drawing at a Lottery retailer, he "saw a lot of zeros!"

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

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

Lottery officials say the 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 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.

The ticket is the third most valuable Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey. In March, a Vernon man won a $533 million Mega Millions jackpot.