Winner of $315 million Powerball jackpot comes forward

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

Tayeb Souami, left, of Little Ferry, introduces his son Inel during a press conference announcing Souami as the $351.3 million Powerball victor, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Trenton, N.J.

It's unknown if the Souami had chose to claim the lump sum or take their winnings over time.

He's retired from the job and plans to spend the money to pay off his house and put his two children through college.

Souami, who is originally from Africa, is an accountant for a food importing company and wanted to make sure the more than 200 people he works with would be OK, he said. He said was on his way to a carwash when he saw a 7-Eleven and stopped in to check his Powerball tickets. The second ticket was "good", but on the scanner read instructions to see the cashier. When the clerk scanned the ticket, she said, "Oh, my God!"

So on May 19, Souami dutifully trudged back to the store in Hackensack, New Jersey, - OJ and receipt in hand. "Oh, my God.' It's like when you see a 'Tom and Jerry" cartoon: "The heart goes boom boom boom boom". One lucky player had just joined the group prior to the big win.

"I have to take care of them", he told ABC. That was the largest prize won in the state. In March, a Vernon resident won the $533 million Mega Millions prize.