News Update!!: Chino Hills, CA: Couple steps forward to claim share of record $1.6 billion dollars Powerball prize.
Just 6 months after the largest Powerball lottery drawing, a couple has steps forward to claim their share of the record $1.6 billion dollars prize.
The Powerball drawing happened in January 2016 and there were 3 winners in 3 states, including California, who won their share of the record $1.6 billion dollars.
The couple who won and purchased the winning Powerball ticket from a 7 Eleven store in Chino Hills, California have been identified as Marvin and Mae Acosta.
Marvin and Mae Acosta came forward on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 to claim the $528 million prize, the largest in California Lottery history and part of a United States’ record jackpot that got everybody buying up tickets across the nation in January 2016.
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When news broke that a winning Powerball ticket was purchased at a 7 Eleven store off of Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills, California, a flood of customers celebrated the historic win with store employees.
Hundreds of people were seen cheering and chanting, “Chino Hills! Chino Hills!” in celebration of their community had a winning Powerball ticket.
The 7 Eleven store in Chino Hills, California retailer received a bonus of $1 million for selling the winning ticket.
The couple released a statement in which they called the Powerball cash prize a “rare gift.”
“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources. While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us. While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward. Thank you,” Marvin and Mae Acosta said in their statement.
Marvin and Mae Acosta matched all 6 winning numbers which was: 4-8-19-27-34 and the Powerball 10, and they have selected the cash option amount of $327.8 million dollars before federal taxes.
According to California Lottery Officials, the Acostas put together a team of legal and financial advisors during the past 6 months after reading the Lottery’s Winner’s Handbook.