Syrian Refugee Wins $312 Million Powerball Jackpot

Sayid Farzat hit a uncommon stroke of luck on Monday when he bought a Powerball ticket on a whim from a fuel station in Munford, Tennessee. “I simply thought I’d strive it out,” he instructed FOX 13 Memphis, adding, “It solely price me two dollars.”

Sayid, a twenty-four year-old Syrian refugee, arrived in america less than ten days in the past after lastly being accepted for entry. Sayid and his cousin Nizar had been on a ready list for more than a 12 months. The cousins fled the Syrian metropolis of al-Raqqa in early 2014, leaving behind more than a dozen members of the family who, at the time, believed an finish to the brutal civil war, which has engulfed the country since 2011, was on the horizon.

Sayid said it’s unlikely his household will be capable to come to the U.S. anytime soon. However, he mentioned, he’s sending them “a couple million dollars” to assist out. “I hope they’ll use it to soundly get out of Syria,” Sayid mentioned.


In the meantime, Sayid told FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to make use of the Powerball winnings to buy an house complex within the Munford area. “We wish to have a spot the place we can live peacefully,” Sayid said, referring not only to himself but to other refugees arriving in the United States from Syria.

While grateful to be in the U.S. and out of harm’s manner, Sayid stated he knows many People are frightened of refugees coming from Syria. “We’re just people,” he stated.

“We’ve got jobs, we’re college students, we have now households. Just like you, we want to have an excellent life. However because of Assad and the Islamic State, we can’t have that in Syria.”

According to Tennessee lottery officers, Sayid has opted to obtain his winnings, totaling $312 million, in one lump sum.

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