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Powerball winner resolves $29,000 debt for unpaid child support

Pedro Quedaza, an immigrant who came to New Jersey 26 years ago, accepted his $338 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday, saying he'll use the money to care for his family. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Powerball multi-millionaire Pedro Quezada appeared in a New Jersey courtroom on Monday and resolved a $29,000 debt for unpaid child support dating back to 2009.


Quezada, a New Jersey bodega owner whose lucky numbers won him $338 million last week, appeared before a New Jersey superior court judge in Paterson at 1:30 p.m.

A child support warrant against Quezada was temporarily stayed Saturday, a spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff’s office confirmed to NBC News.

The sheriff's office said last week that Quezada was subject to arrest on the outstanding warrant and that they were "attempting to notify Mr. Quezada about the issue in an effort to have it resolved in a timely manner."

It is unclear which of Quezada’s five children are supposed to be covered by the payments. Quezada claimed a lump sum payment of $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes, last week. Authorities have said the state's Lottery Division typically satisfies child support judgments before paying out winnings.

Quezada is originally from the Dominican Republic and has lived in the United States for 26 years.

A friend of Quezada's told the Daily News that the lottery winner has offered to pay rent for residents of the Passaic neighborhood where his bodega is located for "at least a month or two months."

He told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that he felt "pure joy" about his lottery win and would use a share of his windfall to help his family.