Business Man gets $1 million for selling winning Powerball ticket

Man gets $1 million for selling winning Powerball ticket


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They call him ‘Daddy Joe’.

Joseph Chahayed, a Syrian immigrant who moved to the US in 1980 in search of the American Dream, seems to be living it.

Papa Joe is the man who sold the $2 billion Powerball lottery ticket at his gas station, Joe’s Service Station in Altadena, California, earlier this week.

Related: The Winning $2 Billion Powerball Ticket Sold In California

As part of the California Powerball rules, the retailer who sells the winning ticket will receive 0.5% of the jackpot, which is capped at $1 million, making Joe Chahayed an overnight millionaire.

Chahayed wore a “Millionaire made here” T-shirt and said at a California Lottery press conference that he plans to share the money with his family.

“We are excited,” he said. “I have 11 grandchildren and I will share with them.”

Who is Papa Joe?

Chahayed’s son describes his 75-year-old father as tireless and hardworking.

“Seventy-five years old, and he refuses to take a day off,” he said. He gets up at 5 a.m. every day. No one deserves it as much as he does.”

Chahayed, the father-in-law of former NFL player Domata Peko, has owned his Mobil gas station for 20 years.

He described the station, which is just north of Pasadena, as a “very poor neighborhood” Pasadena Star News, “From the bottom of my heart I hoped someone would win… they deserve it.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Chahayed is known throughout the community for his generous spirit.

Kenny Devine, a customer, said Chahayed had given him permission to run a pop-up shop for his jeans business out of the gas station parking lot.

Chahayed has also lent money to Devine’s sister numerous times.

“Joe is the most, except for, friendly person I know,” Devine said.

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