Six months after a mysterious ticket holder from California scooped a third of the record-breaking $1.600.000.000 Powerball jackpot, we finally know who the winner is. The astounding $528.000.000 windfall was collected by Marvin and Mae Acosta, who refused to share any further private information after claiming the prize few days ago. Follow in their footsteps and become the next Powerball millionaire – a life-changing cash reward worth $390.000.000 will be offered on Saturday!
The Acostas matched the winning numbers 4, 8, 19, 27 and 34 with the Power Ball 10 back on January 13th, sharing the largest Powerball prize ever with another two ticket holders – Lisa and John Robinson from Tennessee, and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt from Florida. Unlike these two couples, who had their pictures taken and talked to the press after claiming their share, Californian winners declined to do so when they collected the cheque.
“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,” explained the fortunate couple in a statement.
They purchased the golden ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills, owned Balbir Atwal (pictured above). It took them a long time to officially come forward because they hired a team of advisors to educate and guide them so that they could be “good stewards of these new resources”. The Acostas didn’t share any official plans with the lottery officials, but they said majority of the money will go to the people who need it the most.
“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. 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,” said the couple.