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 gas station in Munford, Tennessee. “I simply thought I’d try it out,” he advised FOX 13 Memphis, adding, “It solely value me two dollars.”

Sayid, a twenty-four year-old Syrian refugee, arrived in the United States less than ten days in the past after finally being authorized for entry. Sayid and his cousin Nizar had been on a waiting checklist for greater 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, on the time, believed an end to the brutal civil warfare, which has engulfed the country since 2011, was on the horizon.

Sayid stated it’s unlikely his family will have the ability to come to the U.S. anytime soon. But, he said, he’s sending them “a pair million dollars” to assist out. “I hope they’ll use it to safely get out of Syria,” Sayid said.


Within the meantime, Sayid informed FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to use the Powerball winnings to buy an house complex in the Munford area. “We need to have a place the place we will reside peacefully,” Sayid stated, referring not solely to himself but to other refugees arriving in the USA from Syria.

While grateful to be in the U.S. and out of hurt’s approach, Sayid said he is aware of many Individuals are afraid of refugees coming from Syria. “We’re simply folks,” he said.

“We’ve jobs, we are college students, we have households. Just like you, we need to have a very good life. But due to Assad and the Islamic State, we can’t have that in Syria.”

In response to Tennessee lottery officials, Sayid has opted to obtain his winnings, totaling $312 million, in one lump sum.

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