Neighbors told The Record that the Quezada family has suffered bad luck in recent years. Two years, ago, thieves broke into their apartment and stole everything from clothing to jewelry. The year before, a fire destroyed much of their bodega, they said.
Now, the family’s luck has changed with their Powerball success.
“It’s a blessing for the neighborhood,” resident Daphne Robinson told The Record. “It gives people hope that there is a blessing somewhere, for somebody.”
Richard Delgado, who lives down the block from Quezada’s building, also described Quezada as “a hard worker, like all of us here. We all get up in the morning and go to work.”
Delgado said he got up Sunday morning and was going to take his dog for a walk when he heard the radio announce the Powerball results.
“When I heard there was one winner and it was in New Jersey, I immediately went and checked my tickets,” Delgado said. “I wanted to be that guy.”
When asked what it would be like to suddenly win such a large amount, Delgado said a person would have to set priorities.
“No. 1 is your health, because if you don’t have that, the rest doesn’t matter,” he said. “No. 2 is your family. You take care of your own and live the rest of your life in peace. That’s all anyone can do.”
No one had won the Powerball jackpot since early February, when Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket and elected a cash lump sum for his $217 million jackpot.
The largest Powerball jackpot ever came in at $587.5 million in November. The winning numbers were picked on two different tickets — one by a couple in Missouri and the other by an Arizona man — and the jackpot was split.
Nebraska still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket — $365 million — by eight workers at a Lincoln meatpacking plant in February 2006.
Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.