The winner of the record-setting $2.04 billion Powerball lottery jackpot sold in Altadena has been identified. The winner, Edwin Castro, came forward more than three months after purchasing the winning ticket.
By News Desk
The winning ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena. It’s the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history to date and netted the business owner, Joseph Chahayed, a $1 million bonus.
The winner had the option of taking the money in payments or in a lump sum but opted for the latter with a payment of $997.6 million. California lottery officials announced the winner’s name per California law but did not release any other information to protect his privacy. A statement on his behalf was released:
As much as I am shocked and ecstatic to have won the Powerball drawing, the real winner is the California public school system.
The mission of the California Lottery, which is to provide supplemental funding for California public education, both public schools and colleges, makes this a huge win for the state. As someone who received the rewards of being educated in the California public education system, it’s gratifying to hear that as a result of my win, the California school system greatly benefits as well.
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