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Joe's Service Center Owner Joseph Chahayed Name Origin - Who Won The Lottery?

Business owner Joe Chahayed holds a check with his son, Joe Chahayed, Jr., as they pose for a picture outside his Joe's Service Center in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. ( Source : oregonlive )

Joe's Service Center Joseph Chahayed's origin traces back to Syria. The 75-year-old emigrated to L.A. with his wife and two kids in the late 80s.

In the early morning of November 9, Chahayed was greeted with the exciting news of becoming a millionaire. The gas station owner said that the officials were waiting for him before he opened the shop,

Joseph received $1 million after he sold the record-breaking $2 billion lottery ticket to a person yet to come forward. Chahayed also has a connection to the NFL as his son-in-law Domata Peko is a former NFL player for the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. 

Joseph has been running the store for over 20 years and had faith that the winner would be somebody from this store and has encouraged others to buy tickets from his station.

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.

Joseph Chahayed stands in front of his gas station with a $1million cheque and wears the T-shirt that read Millionaire made here
Joseph Chahayed stands in front of his gas station with a $1million cheque and wears the T-shirt that read Millionaire made here ( Source : dailymail )

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.

The former NFL player, Domata Peko shared the news of his father-in-law being the one to sell the billion dollar lottery ticket on his Instagram story.
The former NFL player, Domata Peko shared the news of his father-in-law being the one to sell the billion dollar lottery ticket on his Instagram story. ( Source : sports )

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.

Chahayed Last Name Origin

The last name Chahayed has its origin in Syria, a middle-east country. Currently in the news is the man who bears the very last name, Joseph Chahayed. 

Joseph Chahayed, the owner of Joe's Service Center, emigrated from Syria to the States in the late 1980s with his wife and two children and had only $14,000 in his pocket. 

Today Chahayed has become a millionaire and proudly wears a shirt that said "millionaire made here" as his gas station was the one that sold the $2 billion lottery ticket.

Joseph Chahayed (centre) poses with the $1million check outside his gas centre with his grandson and his sons Joe Chahayed Jr(left) and Danny (right)
Joseph Chahayed (centre) poses with the $1million check outside his gas centre with his grandson and his sons Joe Chahayed Jr(left) and Danny (right) ( Source : dailymail )

Joseph said to a news agency, " I never collect welfare, I never collect Medicare, I never collect any money from the government. All what I do, I work hard, seven days a week."

He continued, "I raised my kids, graduated from college, and bought a house and I bought a business all because I work hard and become an honest man." His daughter Anna went on to marry the former NFL player Domato Peko. 

Who Won The Lottery?

The person who won the $2 billion lottery ticket is a United States resident but has not come forward. And to be honest, it's better if it stays that way. The winning ticket-10, 33, 41, 47, 56, and Powerball 10 was sold by the gas center in Altadena, California.

But this is not the first time someone has tried to hide their identity after winning a huge sum in a lottery. Only a few weeks earlier when a man won a $30 million ticket he came wearing a yellow costume to hide his identity.

A person who won a $30 million lottery came to collect the prize money wearing a yellow costume
A person who won a $30 million lottery came to collect the prize money wearing a yellow costume ( Source : twitter )

The person who won the $2.04 billion is set to receive $424 million after taxes, and the Monday night draw was delayed after an unnamed state needed more time to process the sale.

Many people took to Twitter to question California Lottery about the delay, and the agency said that the delay was caused due to security protocols not being followed.

The Multi-State Lottery Association issued a statement saying that it was due to one state not being quick enough to process its sales.