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The owner of Joe's provider middle in Altadena, California, who got here to the us from Syria in 1980 with $14,000 in his pocket, is now a millionaire after promoting the sole winning Powerball lottery ticket.

California Lottery officials introduced the check to Joe Chahayed and his sons Joe Jr. and Danny on a wet election day outside of their gas station.

Chahayed pointed out lottery officials have been looking ahead to him before he opened his store this morning. "They spoke of, 'congratulations, your station sent a winner,'" he recounted.

Chahayed hopes the winner is from the neighborhood, and is pleased a element of the lottery cash will go in opposition t California colleges. "I even have 11 grandchildren and that i need to share with them," he pointed out, then thanked the media for popping out within the rain to celebrate the winnings. "I motivate you to purchase a ticket from this station. We guarantee you someday you're going to be winners too," said Chahayed.

"somebody is preserving on to a really vital piece of paper this morning value $2.04 billion, that's two billion forty million bucks," noted Carolyn Becker, California Lottery spokesperson. "That adult must retain it safe. we will not recognize who they are except they come ahead, however we now have a 2d listing to talk about nowadays and that's California lottery raised extra money than ever due to one starting to be jackpot for California public faculties." She spoke of this is the primary time the California lottery has created a billionaire.

Chahayed came to the us forty two years in the past along with his spouse and two babies. "I work difficult, seven days every week, I raise my youngsters, graduate from school, I purchased a condominium, and that i bought a business all as a result of I work tough and that i'm an honest man," Chahayed boasted.

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