Winner of record $2B Powerball jackpot identified
Written by Betty D
feb 18, 2023
Edwin Castro was revealed by California lottery Director, Alva Johnson as the lucky player
Edwin Castro was revealed by California lottery Director, Alva Johnson as the lucky player who won the largest lottery prize in US history in the Nov. 7, 2022 drawing.
Castro, who alone matched all six numbers plus the powerball, purchased the ticket at Joe’s Service Center, a gas station in Los Angeles County.
No additional information was released about Castro, who was not present at Tuesday’s press conference and has declined to participate in media interviews.
Lottery officials did read a statement from Castro.
As much as I am shocked and ecstatic to have won the Powerball drawing, the real winner is the California public school system."
The mission of the California Lottery, which is to provide supplemental funding for California public education – both public schools and colleges – makes this a huge win for the state."
Castro, who had up to a year from the draw date to claim his prize, opted to take the lump cash payment, totaling a jaw-dropping $997.6 million.
Joseph Chahayed, the owner of Joe’s Service Center, also received a $1 million check for selling the winning ticket.