‘I think I was lucky’: New Jersey man wins the $315.3 million Powerball prize

The man’s wife complained that $5 for orange juice was “too expensive.”

During the transaction, a New Jersey man who followed his wife’s orders to return a bottle of orange juice became a multi-millionaire after purchasing the winning ticket for the $315.3 million Powerball prize.

Tayeb Souami, 56, of Little Ferry, had purchased orange juice for $5 at a ShopRite in Hackensack on the day of the drawing, but his wife encouraged him to return it because it was on sale for $2.50 elsewhere, he claimed at a press conference Friday.

Souami then went to the customer service counter, where he noticed a $306 million Powerball sign, he added.

He stated he thought to himself, “I like the number,” before buying two tickets with the money he was reimbursed from the orange juice.

Souami learned the next day that he had won in a dramatic method.

He had intended to do some yard work, but after seeing how unclean his car was, he opted to get it cleaned first, he explained.

Souami observed a 7-Eleven store to his right while stopped at a red light and walked inside to check his lottery tickets.

He stated that the first ticket scanned was not a winner. The second ticket was “good,” however there were instructions to see the cashier on the scanner.

“Can you check?” Souami said he asked the cashier. “I think your machine isn’t working.”

The cashier immediately said “Oh my God,” after scanning the ticket, Souami said.

“What do you mean by, ‘Oh my God?'” he asked her. But she kept repeating, causing Souami ‘s heart rate to soar.

When the cashier finally responded, she said simply said “big,” Souami said.

Despite the fact that Souami is an accountant, he stated that he did not want to view the numbers just yet.

Because his hands were shaking, it took him two hours to get home. When he went in the door, his wife inquired as to what had taken him so long, and when he showed her the lottery form, she began to cry.

After going into the news conference with a broad smile on his face, Souami told reporters that he was “extremely emotional.”

Souami has already quit his work and expects to remain in his birthplace of New Jersey for the time being, he added.

The first thing he plans to do with the money he wins is pay off his student loans, pay for his daughter’s college tuition next year, and pay off his house, which he recently refinanced and received a cheque for.

He is the second inhabitant of New Jersey to win a large jackpot this year. A Vernon resident won the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot in March.

Souami, a father of two, claimed he chose to accept the $183 million cash settlement.

He laughed and remarked, “I love orange juice now.”