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$528M lottery ticket sold in Chino Hills finally claimed

California Lottery officials presented 7-Eleven owner Balbir Atwal with a $1 million bonus check for selling a winning Powerball ticket at his Chino Hills store.

The California Lottery tweeted on Tuesday that the third and final winner of the Jan. 13 Powerball jackpot had finally come forward to claim their prize. (Photo: California Lottery)

Six months after winning a share of the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the last of the three winners has finally come forward to claim their prize, California Lottery officials announced Tuesday.

Marvin and Mae Acosta had been holding a winning ticket – worth $528.8 million – since Jan. 13, when the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history created a national frenzy as people across the country purchased tickets with abandon in excitement and anticipation of the big drawing.

The Acostas, of nearby Riverside County, according to public records, purchased their winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills in San Bernardino County.

From right, California State Lottery Director Hugo Lopez presents a $1 million check to 7-Eleven owner Balbir Atwal in front of Atwal’s store on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (Photo: Denise Goolsby/The Desert Sun)

The other two winning tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida.

“We finally know who our mystery winners are!” California Lottery Directory Hugo Lopez said in a press release issued Tuesday. “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 advisers to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners,” Lopez said. “We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim.”

The proprietor of the Chino Hills 7-Eleven that sold the ticket was also a big winner.

On Jan. 14, surrounded by a huge contingency of media in the parking lot in front of his store, Balbir Atwal received a symbolic $1 million check – the maximum bonus for selling the winning ticket – from Lopez.

Chino Hills ticket will split $1.5B Powerball jackpot

The Acostas’ ticket matched all six winning numbers – 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball number 10. The couple has opted to take the cash option amount of $327.8 million before federal taxes.

In total, California players scooped up $386 million worth of Powerball tickets during the historic run, and the jackpot generated an estimated additional $150 million for California public schools.

Lopez said the Acostas respectfully declined all requests for media interviews and did not wish to have any additional information or photos released. They did, however, provide the following statement:

“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources. 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. While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward. Thank you.”

Couple comes forward to claim windfall after consulting with legal, financial advisers

$528.8 million Powerball winners come forward six months later in Chino Hills

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7-Eleven assistant manager M. Faroqui celebrates after selling the winning $1.5 billion Powerball Lottery ticket in Chino Hills, Calif. on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2016.

A crowd celebrates outside a Chino Hills 7-Eleven after it was announced the store sold one of the winning tickets in the record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

Six months after a $1.6 billion Powerball lottery jackpot set records, the holder of the winning ticket bought at a Chino Hills 7-Eleven has finally come forward.

“Chino Hills HUGE winner finally claims,” a tweet from the California Lottery at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday.

Marvin and Mae Acosta were announced as the winners. Their hometown was not revealed.

The couple want “to remain as private as possible,” the tweet says.

The drawing Jan. 13 set off a nationwide frenzy, with ultimately three tickets poised to share the jackpot, or $528.8 million apiece. When word got out that California’s winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, owned by Balbir Atwal, the store quickly filled with people celebrating the win — but the actual winner was not among them.

The winning ticket holders from Tennessee came forward almost immediately, while the Florida winners took about a month to reveal themselves.

But the Chino Hills winner remained shrouded in mystery for months. Initially, several hoaxters claimed ownership of the golden ticket. Meanwhile, Atwal collected his $1 million for owning the business that sold the ticket, and the clerk who handled the transaction, M. Faroqui, enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame, landing a guest spot on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

According to the California Lottery,will have the option of choosing between a 30-year annuity worth $528.8 million before federal taxes or take a one-time payment of $327.8 million, like the Tennessee and Florida couples did.

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