California Grandpa of 10 Gets $1 Million Reward After He Sold A Record $2 Billion Lottery Ticket

A hard-working grandpa got the surprise of a lifetime thanks to a Powerball ticket. He was rewarded with $1 million because the winning lottery ticket was sold at his gas station—however, the generous older man planned on sharing his winnings.

Joe Chahayed and his family moved to America in the 1980s with $14,000 to their name. The proud father and grandfather worked hard to make a living and support his loved ones.

He had no idea that in 2022 his life would change forever. Fate granted him an unexpected reward, and he was undoubtedly a worthy recipient.
A Devoted and Hard-Working Man
Joe described himself as an “honest man,” working seven days a week to be the provider in his household. The 75-year-old bought a house and put his kids through college through sheer determination.

The devoted man also purchased a business in Altadena, California, and was a well-loved figure in the community. People from all walks of life stopped by Joe’s Service Center, many buying lottery tickets.

The Unexpected Reward

One lucky customer won a record-breaking jackpot on November 8 after they guessed all six Powerball numbers correctly. While the winner’s identity was unknown, they became instant billionaires because the prize was $2.04-billion!.

According to the California Lottery, the customer had a 1 in 292 million chance of winning the jackpot. Joe was stunned that the winner was someone who had bought a ticket in his store. He was also thrilled because it resulted in a $1 million reward for him.

The kind man planned on donating part of the money to his community. He wanted to pay it forward and always looked out for those in his neighborhood. Many customers even called him “Papa Joe” because he treated them like family.

Joe, who got up every day at 5 a.m. to serve his community, couldn’t believe his luck. He was excited and happy, smiling in his bright yellow Powerball shirt.

The store owner wasn’t only hard-working—he was generous. He valued family above everything and vowed to use his reward to assist them. Joe’s son was welcoming a baby in two months, and Joe couldn’t wait to

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Paying It Forward

The man planned on donating part of the money to his community. He wanted to pay it forward and always looked out for those in his neighborhood.

Many customers even called him “Papa Joe” because he treated them like family. He added that he hoped someone local bought the winning ticket, noting:

“[It is a] very poor neighborhood. From the bottom of my heart, I hoped somebody would win. They deserve it. The poor people deserve it.”

Joe Deserved It
The man’s proud son, Danny Chahayed, was excited about the bonus and stated that no one was more deserving than Joe. He expressed:

“There’s no one else who deserves it more than this man. He’s worked hard his whole life. He deserves every bit of it.”

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