Joe Chahayed, the father-in-law of former Cincinnati Bengals standout defensive tackle Domata Peko, is about to take home a major payday.
Per TMZ Sports, Chahayed, who owns a gas station in Altadena, California, was the seller of the lucky Powerball ticket (worth $2.04 billion) at Joe’s Service Center. TMZ Sports added that Chahayed will get a special $1 million bonus for selling the ticket.
Domata Peko confirmed on instagram the story…
Per Ruby Gonzales of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Chahayed told the media that he has sold winning tickets in the Super Lotto and Fantasy 5 before but those tickets were only worth $8,000 to $9,000.
According to Spotrac, Peko made just over $47.185 million in career earnings. He may have more than enough money for life, but it’s certainly cool to see his father-in-law experience a once-in-a-lifetime lucky day of his own.
The former Bengals standout is married to Joe’s daughter, Anna. The couple have three children together.
Peko, who played college football at Michigan State, was drafted in the fourth round (123rd overall) by the Bengals in 2006. He spent 11 seasons with the organization, helping them to the postseason in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Peko also spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos (2017 and 2018) before joining the Baltimore Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals for brief stints in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Though Peko isn’t officially retired, he hasn’t been on an NFL roster in two years.
In 214 career games, Peko has 20 sacks, 616 combined tackles, 14 pass defenses and three forced fumbles. In seven career playoff games (six with the Bengals, one with the Ravens), he recorded 18 combined tackles.
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