The holder of the $315.3 million Powerball ticket sold at a New Jersey supermarket last month is now known to state lottery officials.
It's unknown if the Souami had made a decision to claim the lump sum or take their winnings over time.
According to the 55-year-old account, he stopped at a 7-Eleven to check his tickets when he discovered he won.
Lottery officials say Souami, of Little Ferry, New Jersey, holds the lone winning ticket for the May 19 drawing. "I like the numbers and I always play with those numbers", he said.
"When I went inside, I scanned the first ticket and it wasn't the victor".
Souami, who is originally from Africa, says he came to America in June of 1996. "The second ticket was good but the machine said it must be seen by the retailer", he said.
Souami said he was so nervous after realizing he won that he had trouble driving home.
People have 180 days from the date of the drawing to turn in their winning tickets and claim their prizes. His windfall is the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the New Jersey Lottery.