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Powerball winner due in court over child support

N.J. man allegedly owes $29,000

PATERSON, N.J.  — The New Jersey man who just won a $338 million Powerball jackpot is now due in court.

Pedro Quezada is scheduled to appear today in state Superior Court in Paterson.

The 1:30 p.m. hearing stems from a child support warrant issued for the 44-year-old Passaic resident, who authorities say owes about $29,000 in back support. Authorities announced Saturday that the warrant had been stayed until the scheduled court appearance.

Quezada claimed a lump-sum payment last week worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. Sheriff's department spokesman Bill Maer (mayr) says the state Lottery Division generally satisfies such judgments before winnings are released.

The unpaid child support payments go back to 2009. It's not known which of Quezada's five children are covered under the payments.

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