Gas Station Owner Gets $1 Million For Selling the Winning Powerball Ticket. ‘No One Deserves It As Much As He Does.’
They call him “Papa Joe.” “
A Syrian immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1980 in search of the American Dream, Joseph Chahayed appears to be living it.
Papa Joe sold the $2 billion Powerball ticket at his Altadena gas station, Joe’s Service Station, earlier this week.
As part of California Powerball rules, the retailer who sells the winning ticket receives O.5% of the jackpot, which is capped at $1 million, making Joe Chahayed a millionaire overnight.
Chahayed, who wore a ‘Millionaire Made Here’ T-shirt at a California Lottery press conference, said that he plans to share the money with his family. He said that he was excited. “I have 11 grandchildren, and I’ll share with them. “
Joe Chahayed who sold the winning ticket in the $2. 04 billion Powerball drawing at his Altadena Mobil station, says he had a feeling there was going to be a winner among his customers. Video by @deanmusgrove for @PasStarNews @SoCalNewsGroup https://t.co/Mggu1oXG1X pic.twitter.com/DoFiAxzCyN
— Steven Rosenberg (@passthejoe) November 8, 2022
Who is Papa Joe?
Chahayed’s son describes his 75-year-old father as tireless and hardworking.
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 being in a “very poor neighborhood,” telling the Pasadena Star News, “From the bottom of my heart, I hoped somebody would win…they deserve it. “
The Los Angeles Times reports that Chahayed is known around the community for having a generous spirit.
Kenny Devine was a customer who said Chahayed granted him permission to open a shop in the parking lot of a gas station for his jeans company.
Chahayed also loaned Devine money many times. Devine stated that
“Joe was the friendliest person he knows.