Final winners of $1.6 billion California Powerball come forward to claim prize

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) — The California Lottery announced that the last of three winners of its Powerball game came forward to claim their prize on Tuesday.

According to a Facebook post, Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills finally came forward to claim their $528.8 million share of the $1.6 billion Powerball prize.

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The Acostas remained silent on the issue since the record-breaking Powerball prize was announced in January, as lottery officials said they were preparing to properly handle the prize.

“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,” officials told KABC.

The couple sought to maintain privacy and did not pose for photos or conduct interviews but instead released a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources” the statement read. “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. 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.”
Daniel Uria
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