Nevertheless, he had a wad of bills in his pocket and was waiting till the 5th of the month, his normal due date for rent, before he paid the $825 for the apartment in the building next door to Quezada.
Quezada was the lone winner of the March 23 Powerball drawing and claimed a lump-sum payment last week worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. The immigrant from the Dominican Republic owned a bodega that his son and another man recently took over in Passaic, a blue-collar city 15 miles northwest of New York City. Neighbors described him as hardworking and said he would regularly work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the store.
In court Monday, Caposela said Quezada's last child support payment was in August 2011; prior to that he had last paid in July 2009. He was obligated to pay $141 per week to the mother of the children. That obligation will continue, Caposela said, though either parent could seek a modification.
Associated Press writer Samantha Henry in Passaic contributed to this story.