Syrian Refugee Wins $312 Million Powerball Jackpot

Sayid Farzat hit a uncommon 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 try it out,” he instructed FOX 13 Memphis, adding, “It solely cost me two dollars.”

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

Sayid mentioned it’s unlikely his family will be capable of come to the U.S. anytime quickly. 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 advised FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to make use of the Powerball winnings to purchase an residence complicated within the Munford area. “We want to have a spot the place we will stay peacefully,” Sayid said, referring not only to himself however to different refugees arriving in the US from Syria.

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

“We have now jobs, we’re college students, we have now households. Similar to you, we need to have a very good life. But because of Assad and the Islamic State, we will’t have that in Syria.”

According to Tennessee lottery officials, Sayid has opted to obtain his winnings, totaling $312 million, in a single lump sum.

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