They name him “Papa Joe.”
A Syrian immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1980 searching for the American Dream, Joseph Chahayed seems to be residing it.
Papa Joe is the person who bought the $2 billion Powerball lottery ticket at his gasoline station, Joe’s Service Station in Altadena, California, earlier this week.
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As a part of California Powerball guidelines, the retailer who sells the profitable ticket receives O.5% of the jackpot, which is capped at $1 million, making Joe Chahayed a millionaire in a single day.
Carrying a ‘Millionaire made right here’ T-shirt, Chahayed mentioned at a California Lottery press convention that he plans on sharing the cash together with his household.
“We’re excited,” he mentioned. “I’ve 11 grandchildren, and I am going to share with them.”
Joe Chahayed who bought the profitable ticket within the $2.04 billion Powerball drawing at his Altadena Mobil station, says he had a sense there was going to be a winner amongst his clients. Video by @deanmusgrove for @PasStarNews @SoCalNewsGroup https://t.co/Mggu1oXG1X pic.twitter.com/DoFiAxzCyN
— Steven Rosenberg (@passthejoe) November 8, 2022
Who’s Papa Joe?
Chahayed’s son describes his 75-year-old father as tireless and hardworking.
“Seventy-five years outdated, and he refuses to take a time without work,” he mentioned. “He is up at like 5 a.m. day by day. Nobody deserves it as a lot as he does.”
Chahayed, the father-in-law of former NFL participant Domata Peko, has owned his Mobil gasoline station for 20 years.
He described the station, which is simply north of Pasadena, as being in a “very poor neighborhood,” telling the Pasadena Star Information, “From the underside of my coronary heart, I hoped any person would win…they deserve it.”
The Los Angeles Occasions experiences that Chahayed is thought across the group for having a beneficiant spirit.
Kenny Devine, a buyer, mentioned Chahayed gave him permission to run a pop-up store for his denims firm out of the gasoline station parking zone.
Chahayed has additionally loaned Devine’s sister cash quite a few instances.
“Joe is essentially the most, bar none, pleasant individual that I do know,” mentioned Devine.