Syrian Refugee Wins $312 Million Powerball Jackpot

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

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

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


Within the meantime, Sayid told FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to make use of the Powerball winnings to purchase an condo complicated within the Munford space. “We want to have a spot the place we can reside peacefully,” Sayid stated, referring not solely to himself but to different refugees arriving in america from Syria.

While grateful to be within the U.S. and out of hurt’s method, Sayid stated he knows many People are afraid of refugees coming from Syria. “We’re simply people,” he mentioned.

“We have now jobs, we are college students, we have now households. Similar to you, we wish to have a superb life. However because of Assad and the Islamic State, we are able to’t have that in Syria.”

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

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