The historic Powerball jackpot of nearly 1.6 billion dollars was hit on January 13th of 2016. There were three winning tickets in that monumental lottery each worth $528.8 million. There was a couple from Tennessee who came forward right away and then there was a couple from Florida who took about a month to reveal themselves. The third ticket holder(s) remained a mystery for months – until now! Finally Marvin and Mae Acosta of California, winners of the historic Powerball jackpot, have come forward to claim their prize!
Historic Powerball Jackpot Win Scares the Acostas into Hiding
Chino Hills, California is hiding the best kept secret as Marvin and Mae Acosta refused to come forward out of fear of all the media hoopla. The winners remained shrouded in mystery for months. That could only go so far, though. “We finally know who our mystery winners are”, California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said. “It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do – they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal financial advisers to help them make the most of this windfall.”
Take the Money and Run
Once exposed, the couple decided to decline the 30-year annuity worth $528.8 million and opt for the one-time payment of $327.8 million instead. In line with the other winners of that historic Powerball jackpot. For almost seven months the Acostas kept to themselves in a home on a quiet street in Eastvale, California. After they came forward to claim their prize money, neighbors saw two large moving trucks come and pack up the house. The couple is refusing all interviews and requests for photographs.
That’s Gratitude For You
The couple did release a statement expressing their gratitude. “We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisers to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources.”
“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”, their statement continues. “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. Thank you.”
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