Pedro Quezada, right, stands next to his wife, Ines Sanchez, during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, March 26, 2013.

$338M Powerball Winner 'Subject to Potential Arrest' for Unpaid Child Support

Pedro Quezada must settle $29,000 debt before receiving windfall.

Pedro Quezada, right, stands next to his wife, Ines Sanchez, during a news conference at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters, March 26, 2013.
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Pedro Quezada, the man who came forward Monday as the winner of an enormous $338 million Powerball lottery jackpot, has not paid child support since 2009.

NorthJersey.com reports that state authorities on Tuesday connected Quezada's name to an outstanding warrant for failure to make $29,000 in payments.

Police officers visited his Passaic, N.J., apartment on Wednesday afternoon, but nobody was home.

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Quezada, 44, was born in the Dominican Republic and until his recent windfall owned and operated Apple Deli & Grocery in Passaic. The store now has a for sale sign.

According to news reports, Quezada has five children between the ages of 5 and 23 years old.

"Like everyone else, until this warrant is satisfied, Mr. Quezada is subject to potential arrest," Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said.

The debt could be confiscated from Quezada's winnings by the state lottery division before the funds are released, the sheriff said.

 

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