For one couple, winning a $528 million prize was a lot to deal with, so much so that they took time to put various things in place before they revealed themselves as the winners. Now, California Lottery is proud to announce that they have finally come forward.
Six months. That is how long the California Lottery waited to find out who had one huge chunk of the almost $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot prize people had played for back in January 13. They only knew that there were three big winners, and that the other two winning tickets were sold in Florida and Tennessee.
Meanwhile, Mae and Marvin Acosta had purchased their own winning ticket at a 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, Chino Hills at the San Bernardino County. Their ticket was said to have matched all six winning numbers (4-8-19-27-34) as well as the Powerball number 10.
For selling the winning ticket, the Chino Hills 7-Eleven had received the maximum bonus of $1 million. Meanwhile, the Acostas decided to claim their own winnings in cash, which comes up to a total of $327.8 million before federal taxes.
What makes these winners unique, though, according to California Lottery, is how they went about the process of claiming their win.
“They read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners,” explained California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez.
The couple said that the team are there to “educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources.”
For the record, this is exactly the advice they give all winners, and Lopez is glad that the Acostas followed it.
The couple also said that they have committed most of their winnings to a Trust as well as to a number of charities that mean a lot to them.
The Acostas are determined to keep their lives private amidst the big million-dollar win. They have declined requests for interviews. Instead, they issued a statement saying, “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.”