NPR : News

Filed Under:

Powerball Winner Owes Thousands In Child Support Payments

Now he can catch up with his bills. Pedro Quezada of New Jersey claimed the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball multistate lottery on Tuesday. Instead of taking the $338 million dollar prize in installments, he opted for a one-time lump sum payment of $211 million, which is the third-largest single cash prize the lottery has ever awarded.

Just one day later, deputies from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department were knocking on his door, The Record newspaper of North Jersey reports. They stopped by his apartment to tell him about his overdue child support bill. Quezada is $29,000 in arrears, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik told the paper. Deputies apparently have not yet been able to reach the Powerball winner.

Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Quezada said he was married with five children ages five to 23, and one granddaughter, according to ABC News. He said he planned to assist his relatives with his winnings: "My family is a very humble family and we are going to help each other out." And he noted, "My life has changed. It will not change my heart."

Quezada said he wasn't sure what he would do with the money, but the sheriff's warrant squad has some strong advice.

"Because of Mr. Quezada's large winnings, generally the New Jersey Division of Lottery would satisfy the judgment before all the winnings are released," Berdnik told The Record. "Like everyone else, until this warrant is satisfied, Mr. Quezada is subject to potential arrest." The sheriff says he's urging Quezada to resolve the payment obligation in a "timely manner".

The news report says some of Quezada's children live in North Carolina and that some of the unpaid child support bills stretch back to 2009. It's not clear which children are involved. Quezada is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and owns a small convenience store, which he has put up for sale since his lottery win.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
NPR

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.