The six-month wait to find the third and final winning ticket holder from January’s record-breaking Powerball draw is over. California couple Mavin and Mae Acosta successfully matched all five main numbers and the Powerball to join John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida in sharing an incredible jackpot of $1.58 billion, the largest prize total offered in lottery history. Their huge win was the talk of the lottery world for months, with many fearing that no one would come forward to claim the prize before the deadline.
With the draw having taken place back on January 13th of this year, the lucky couple deliberately delayed collecting their prize while they sought financial advice. In a statement released by California Lottery, the pair gave a brief idea of how they were going to use their massive windfall to help others: “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.” Mr and Mrs Acosta, who won $528.8 million, opted to take the cash option of $327.8 million. The couple maintained that they were “very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement” they had received, but made it clear that they wanted to remain as private as possible and they did not want to become public figures.
The Acosta’s decision to hold back and seek advice before claiming their prize is one that has been applauded by California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez. In a statement released by the organisation, Mr. 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 and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners. We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim.”
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a Powerball jackpot of your own, Saturday’s jackpot is estimated to be worth an amazing $390 million. Powerball tickets are available to buy online or from any authorized retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!