​Powerball Winner Warrant Issued For Child Support​​

The $338 million Powerball winner in New Jersey last weekend is wanted on charges of unpaid child support. An arrest warrant was issued for Pedro Quezada in 2009. He has five children ages 5-23 and owes a total of $29,000.

Quezada’s son, Casiano, said his father has hired an attorney and is “working through it.”

A child support warrant usually results in payment, an installment plan or arrest, a spokesperson for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office said. He declined to comment on the Quezada case because the investigation is ongoing.

Every person who wins more than $600 in the New Jersey Lottery is checked for outstanding taxes, liens, child support payments and the like, lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker said. The funds owed are deducted from the winner’s final payment, she said.

Quezada, 44, claimed a lump a lump-sum payment worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history, according to the station. He said Tuesday that he hasn’t made up his mind on what to do with the money, but he could use a good car and give back to his community and “help those in need.”

Quezada lived in the United States for 26 years since his family moved in the 1980s from the Dominican city of Jarabacoa.