Powerball ticket buyer winsTuesday — and the owner of a Southern California business selling lucky tickets is getting himself a hefty sum.
Jackpot tickets were sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, an unincorporated community in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles. For selling the winning ticket, business owner Joe Chayd will receive a $1 million Powerball bonus.
“I am very surprised. Very excited. Very happy,” said Chayd, who wore a bright yellow California Lottery shirt and hat.
Chayad said he did not know who won the huge prize, but expected it to be someone local.
“I wish I knew that person, but most of the people who buy tickets from me are from the neighbourhood. I hope one of them will be the winner,” he said.
Chayed said he would spend $1 million on his five children and donate some to the community.
“My son is expecting a baby in two months, so we’re excited!” Chahayed said, according to, “We might have a nice celebration for another child. I have 10 grandchildren.”
Meanwhile, Chayed is enjoying the moment after moving from Syria to Los Angeles in the 1980s, as the station reported. He came with his wife, two children, and about $14,000 in his name.
“I never collect welfare, I never collect Medicare, I never collect any money from the government. Whatever I do, I work hard, seven days a week. I raise my kids Key, graduated from college and bought a house and I bought a business because I work hard and become an honest man,” Chayad said.
The jackpot was the largest lottery jackpot ever won, topping the previous record prize of $1.586 billion won by three Powerball ticketholders in 2016.