SoCal couple comes forward after 6 months to claim record Powerball jackpot

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People swarm the 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills on January 13, 2016, where the winning $1.5 billion Powerball ticket was sold.

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CHINO HILLS, Calif. — The winners of the largest lottery prize in California history finally came forward to claim their prize.

Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills bought a ticket worth up to $528 million, depending on their payout choice. Their ticket was one of three big winners from the January Powerball jackpot of nearly of nearly $1.6 billion.  The two other tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida.

The California couple took six month to come forward because they wanted to prepare for the life-changing windfall in private.

“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 and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said.

The couple bought their winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills. The convenience store will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

The Acosta’s opted to take a cash payout of $327.8 million before federal taxes.

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