Powerball winner resolves $30k child support debt

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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"If my landlord didn't even know, then I highly doubt it, it's probably just a bunch of publicity to keep the whole thing going," the 22-year-old Guzman said.

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.

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Associated Press writer Samantha Henry in Passaic contributed to this story.