Syrian Refugee Wins $312 Million Powerball Jackpot

Sayid Farzat hit a rare stroke of luck on Monday when he purchased a Powerball ticket on a whim from a gasoline station in Munford, Tennessee. “I simply thought I’d attempt it out,” he informed FOX 13 Memphis, adding, “It solely value me two dollars.”

Sayid, a twenty-four year-old Syrian refugee, arrived in america lower than ten days in the past after finally being approved for entry. Sayid and his cousin Nizar had been on a waiting list for more than a year. The cousins fled the Syrian city of al-Raqqa in early 2014, abandoning more than a dozen members of the family who, on the time, believed an end to the brutal civil battle, which has engulfed the nation since 2011, was on the horizon.

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


In the meantime, Sayid advised FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to use the Powerball winnings to buy an apartment advanced in the Munford area. “We need to have a spot the place we are able to live peacefully,” Sayid stated, referring not solely to himself however to other refugees arriving in the USA from Syria.

While grateful to be in the U.S. and out of hurt’s manner, Sayid said he is aware of many People are fearful of refugees coming from Syria. “We’re just individuals,” he mentioned.

“We have now jobs, we are college students, we have families. Just like you, we need to have life. However due to Assad and the Islamic State, we can’t have that in Syria.”

In line with Tennessee lottery officers, Sayid has opted to receive his winnings, totaling $312 million, in a single lump sum.

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