When people win the lottery, they usually buy a nice car or a big house. But a California couple, who claimed a $528.8 million share of a Powerball jackpot from January, plan to give most of the money to charity. On Friday, the couple went to a state lottery office to claim part of the $1.6 billion Powerball prize, according to lottery officials earlier today.
Marvin and Mae Acosta, the winners of almost $529 million, released a statement saying they are dedicating most of the prize to a trust and charities.
The store that sold one of the winning tickets was visited by customers after they found out about the news. The customers celebrated with the store clerk and took pictures with him. Details about the couple have not been released because they requested privacy. Lottery officials did say that the couple will take the cash option, which is $327.8 million before federal taxes. The Acosta’s winnings are also the largest in the history of California’s lottery.
The couple bought the ticket in January at a 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills, California. It was one of three winning tickets sold in different states. The first two winners in Florida and Tennessee claimed their prize just days after the drawing.
After the news that the 7-Eleven had sold one of the three winning tickets, a big crowd visited the store to celebrate with the clerk and everyone who was there. The Tennessee winners decided to take the cash option. But they said they would remain at their house and keep working. The Florida winners also took the cash option and one of them announced that he would retire from his job as a manufacturing engineer.
Six months had passed since the record $1.6 billion Powerball but the third winner has now been revealed and it looks like they have big plans for the money.