The identity of the victor, a New Jersey resident, won't be revealed until a 2 p.m. press conference at state Lottery headquarters in Trenton on Friday, officials said.
The next day, Souami found out he'd won in a dramatic fashion.
He said he will talk to a financial advisor about what to do with the money, but added that one of the first things he will do is take care of his family, especially when it comes to the education of his two children. Souami, 55, had some work to do in the yard, but he also wanted to get his vehicle washed while his wife stayed at their home in Little Ferry, preparing meals for the week. When the clerk scanned the ticket, she said, "Oh, my God!"
When Earl checked the tickets from the May 2 drawing at a Lottery retailer, he "saw a lot of zeros!" "I made a decision to get our tickets from there that day, and I'm glad I did". "I think your machine isn't working".
Although Souami is an accountant, he didn't want to see the number just yet, he said.
Souami, originally from Africa, moved to the United States in 1996. He will win more than $183 million after taxes, taking the lump sum option, AP reported. Oh, my God.' It's like when you see a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon: "The heart goes boom boom boom boom".
"I love orange juice now", he said.