Who Is Joe's Service Center Owner Joseph Chahayed?
Joseph Chahayed, the owner of Joe's Service Center, is the father-in-law to former Cincinnati Bengals Nose Tackle Domata Peko. Chahayed's service center sold the record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball ticket.
After the news broke out, the press flooded outside Chahayed's service center. Joseph held up the check of $1 million that he received for selling the record-breaking lottery ticket.
Peko shared the exciting news of his father-in-law being the seller of the lottery ticket on his Instagram story. “My Father-In-Law Sold the winning PowerBall $2 billion. Congratulations, Baba," wrote the former NFL player.
The 75-year-old gas station owner told the media that he plans to share the million dollars with his family, including 11 grandchildren. While being interviewed by various outlets, Chahayed expressed his delight in seeing someone from a poor neighborhood winning the grand prize.
"[It is a] very poor neighborhood...It's a very poor neighborhood. From the bottom of my heart, I hoped somebody would win...they deserve it. The poor people deserve it," said Chahayed.
Chahayed's son, Danny, has said that his father's gas station had previously sold winning lottery tickets but only in thousands.
And though his son has encouraged him to retire, Joseph remains redundant to continue working and has encouraged more people to buy lottery tickets from his gas station.