California family that won $447 million Powerball jackpot comes forward
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The owner of the massive $447.8 million Powerball ticket purchased in Menifee has come forward.
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Jeff Lindsay and his family have claimed the seventh-largest jackpot in Powerball history and the 10th-largest jackpot in U.S. history.
“We are obviously thrilled with this tremendous stroke of good luck and are still getting our arms around what it means for us,” said Jeff Lindsay in a release from the California Lottery.
The family has opted to take the lump sum — $279.1 million before taxes.
“We congratulate Jeff and his family on their huge win,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in the release. “This winner is informed and has already assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help him make the most of this newfound wealth and make it last for many generations.”
Officials with the Lottery said Lindsay stopped at Marietta Liquor & Deli in the Sun City section of Menifee to buy some Scratchers tickets, then returned later to cash in one winner, and on a whim decided to purchase 10 Powerball tickets. The winning ticket, worth nearly half a billion dollars, actually sat on the kitchen counter until Lindsay heard that the winning jackpot ticket was purchased in Sun City.
The owners of the store received $1 million for selling the winning ticket. The reward comes at an auspicious time for the Alberre family, which owns the store. Patriarch Albeir Alberre was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis earlier this year.
In the release, the Lindsays declined interviews concerning the win, but they did release the following statement:
“We are private people and do not want to change who we are or become public figures and ask that people appreciate and respect our privacy. In order to help manage what has already been a somewhat overwhelming process, we have engaged a number of financial, legal and other advisors to guide us and help us make the best decisions possible.
“Once things calm down, we plan on working closely with our team of advisors to determine how to properly manage and invest this newfound wealth to ensure that we can support our family and causes that are important to us for many generations to come.”
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