The $2 billion Powerball winner is being sued for allegedly stealing the ticket
Not so lucky! Powerball winner Edwin Castro is being served in his new $25 million California mansion with a scandalous lawsuit alleging his $2 billion winning lottery ticket was STOLEN and used in a blackmail scheme
Edwin Castro (pictured), the man who won $2 billion in the Powerball lottery, has filed a lawsuit claiming his winning ticket was stolen. Castro, 30, was in his new $25 million California mansion on Thursday when he was served with the lawsuit. The winning Powerball ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, Calif., for the November drawing that captivated the nation.
Castro claimed the winning ticket, and California lottery officials say he is the rightful owner of the $2 billion prize. But that didn’t stop Jose Rivera from suing, claiming the winning ticket belonged to him. Rivera claims that a man named “Reggie” stole the ticket and refused to return it, saying it was a dud. Reggie also reportedly said that if it actually worked out, he would give up half of the winnings. Rivera said he refused to be blackmailed and reported the alleged theft to police and lottery officials. Castro and Reggie were named as co-defendants in the lawsuit, according to a US Sun report. The winning ticket — 10, 33, 41, 47, 56 and Powerball 10 — was sold at the Altadena store, which also paid out $1 million for the historic win.
Staff at the service center told DailyMail.com that there was little evidence that the ticket had been stolen. “The California Lottery has strict rules for picking the winner, this guy is crazy, he came here with his lawyer and yelled about it, and there’s nothing we can do,” said one worker. The official added that lottery officials obtained the surveillance video and reviewed it frame by frame for a verified winner. “When it comes to the process of verifying big winners, the California Lottery is very confident in its process,” the California Lottery said in a statement to DailyMail.com. “The California Lottery remains confident that Edwin Castro is the rightful winner of the $2.04 billion prize won in the November 2022 Powerball drawing.”
At the time of the win, lottery director Alva Johnson said Castro wanted to remain private and declined an invitation from lottery officials to attend a press conference. In a prepared statement, Castro said, “As shocked and thrilled as I am to win the Powerball drawing, the real winner is the California public school system.” Public schools in California act as beneficiaries of the state lottery. That means the education system received more than $156 million in a record-breaking win. After winning, Castro received a lump sum payment of $997.6 million after taxes. Pictured: Castro’s new $25 million home in California, where he was serviced.
Employees at the center that sold the winning ticket weren’t so private when they celebrated their $1 million windfall. Joe Chahayed won $1 million for selling a record $2.04 billion Powerball ticket. Chahayed said at the time that he would share the winnings with his entire family. Chahayed – the father-in-law of former NFL player Damata Peck – picked up the huge check outside his gas station next to his family wearing a “Millionaire Made Here” shirt. “We’re very excited,” he said at a press conference with the California Lottery last November. “I will share with my family, with everything that will be needed, with my children, grandchildren. I have 11 grandchildren, I will share with them.” His son, who attended the press conference, said “no one deserves this more than this man.”
Since his victory, Castro has lived contentedly, buying two separate mansions in California for a total of $29 million. He was also seen driving away from the bank in a vintage Porsche. One of his new homes is a $4 million mansion in the Los Angeles area. The home comes with its own home theater, personal study and expensive artwork, which will no doubt be enhanced given Castro’s hefty new bank balance. Altadena’s home is a short drive from where Castro grew up.
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