A couple who bought a winning Powerball ticket in Chino Hills have claimed their prize after more than six months, California Lottery officials said.
Marvin and Mae Acosta were among three big winners of $528.8 million from a January drawing, the largest prize in California Lottery history. The other winning tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida and the total jackpot was worth about $1.6 billion, officials said.
The Acostas bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway. They have opted to take the cash option of $327.8 million before federal taxes.
The 7-Eleven also received a maximum bonus of $1 million for selling the winning ticket, officials said.
Sonia Atwal, the daughter of the 7-Eleven owner and an employee at the store, told KTLA that she had a lot of theories as to why the winnings hadn’t been claimed.
“(I’m) Super excited for the Acosta family,” she said.
Her father, Balbir Atwal, also said he was excited for the couple.
California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in a news release that it took so long for the Acostas to claim the prize because they “assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life,” something the organization encourages winners to do.
"We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim,” Lopez said.
In a statement, the couple said they will put the winnings in a trust and give some to charities that are important to them.
“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," they said in the statement.
"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."