Altadena, CA

Largest Lottery Jackpot in History Ticket Winner Accused of Stealing It.

Matthew C. Woodruff
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You probably bought a ticket for it, I know I did. I also know I did not win. Late last year the Powerball jackpot made it all the way to $2 billion.

Here are the facts:

The winner bought the ticket in California after a rollover went on for three months without anyone winning the top prize.

The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe's Service Center in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles.

Whoever it is became the 1,292nd richest person in the world, according to the latest Forbes billionaires list.

Edwin Castro was identified as the lucky ticketholder in February, three months after the draw last November.

Here are the accusations:

A man named Jose Rivera claims the prize is rightfully his.

He says he bought the ticket at Joe's Service Centre in Altadena, California, the day before the draw, and that a man called Urachi Romero stole the ticket from him that same day.

Rivera Claims he was blackmailed with the destruction of the ticket if he didn’t agree to split the winnings.

What happens now:

Rivera has filed a civil complaint against Romero, Castro, the California State Lottery Commission and the state of California, NBC reported.

A pair of process servers arrived on April 25 at Edwin Castro’s newly purchased $25.5 million mansion— where amenities include seven bedrooms, an infinity pool and a spa — and were greeted by a man in his 50s who initially tried to dodge the suit, according to court filings.

The Lottery allegedly has video evidence of who purchased the ticket at the service station and Rivera’s legal team has asked to see it.

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Matthew is an independent journalist, an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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