California Man Claims Stolen Ticket Won Record $2.08 Billion Powerball

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Jose Rivera, resident of Altadena, California, has found himself amidst a maelstrom of trouble ever since he commenced legal proceedings, alleging he is the true recipient of the largest Powerball jackpot in history, a cool $2.08 billion.

Jose insists that the triumphant Powerball pass was unlawfully taken from him one day before the record-setting draw on November 8, 2022. This immense wealth was subsequently claimed by Edwin Castro on February 15. Edwin has been known to extensively invest in upscale estates in the city of Angels, backed by media accounts.

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In his luxury spending spree, he purchased an opulent $47 million retreat in Bel Air, boasting of seven lavish bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and an infinity pool gracing an unobstructed panorama of downtown LA.

On the other hand, Rivera has been reportedly deluged with unidentified death threats following his claim of being the genuine winner. Consequently, he had to vacate his job as a gardener, owing to the heightened risk to the safety and security of his family. This information surfaces from a recent filing in the Alhambra Superior Court.

The case features a stark contrast of opinions, where Rivera strongly advocates his rightful win and the California Lottery Commission affirmed having awarded the correct individual. The Commission, despite the claim, disowned any authorization to investigate potential criminal activity among its lottery participants.

Rivera’s lawsuit narrative describes his purchase of the tickets on November 7, from Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, and accuses Urachi F. “Reggie” Romero, his erstwhile landlord, of pilfering it.

Romero, in his conversation with the New York Post earlier in May, expressed his belief in Rivera’s initial win, although refuting the theft accusation. According to Romero, he had seen Rivera’s ticket the previous evening of the draw. He recollected Rivera’s choice of two ’10s’ marking the year of his parent’s death, along with ’47’, Rivera’s age at the time and ’56’ symbolizing a 1956 Chevy truck, his father’s dream property.

The drawn jackpot numbers were 10, 33, 41, 47, 56 and a red call of Powerball 10.

Romero was quick to clarify his entire lack of association with Castro and voiced his ignorance about the ticket’s landing in Castro’s hands. Shedding light on conjectures, he shared his belief that Rivera may have simply misplaced the ticket.

The legal proceeding alleges Romero of taking the ticket from a shared property table. In a recent court filing, Rivera accused Romero of suggesting a 50-50 split of the jackpot, conditional on locating the missing ticket.

Florida-based attorney Kurt Panouses, well-versed in lottery law, has been inaugurated into Rivera’s legal team. On the other side, Castro’s representation, David De Paoli, maintained an air of indifference regarding the dispute, as it bore no direct implications for them, while confidently stating that Edwin G. Castro’s ownership of the prized ticket would soon stand undisputed.