Powerball Winner Covers Rent for His Neighborhood

Pedro Quezada selling his bodega: report

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 1, 2013 6:45 AM CDT | Updated Apr 1, 2013 7:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pedro Quezada won a $338 million Powerball jackpot—and he's using it to pay his New Jersey neighbors' rent, a friend tells the New York Daily News. "He’s such a good guy," the buddy says. "He said he’s going to pay the rent for everybody here on this block for at least a month or two." Said another neighbor: "God bless him, and thank you." And while a friend says Quezada has now paid the $29,000 in child support he owed, the AP reports the 44-year-old is due to today appear in state Superior Court in Paterson, for an afternoon hearing stemming from a child support warrant he had been issued.

Pedro Quezada, the winner of the Powerball jackpot, holds up a promotional check during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Pedro Quezada, the winner of the Powerball jackpot, holds up a promotional check during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Lawrenceville, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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