CHINO HILLS, Calif. – More than six months after the historic 1.6 billion Powerball jackpot lottery drawing, a couple from California has stepped forward to claim their portion of the prize.
On Jan. 13, lottery officials announced that the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot — the largest lottery prize in history — will be split at least three ways.
The winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; Munford, Tennessee; and in Melbourne Beach, Florida, according to state lottery officials.
The winning numbers were 08, 27, 34, 04 and 19, and the Powerball was 10.
A few days after the drawing, Tennessee couple John Robinson and his wife Lisa told the TODAY Show that they were one of the lucky winners.
Florida couple Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt stepped forward about a month later to collect their winnings.
For months, everyone wondered why the California winner had yet to come forward.
Today, winners Marvin and Mae Acosta came forward and lottery officials announced why it had taken the couple so long to claim their $528.8 million prize.
“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,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in a statement. “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 couple confirmed they have been consulting advisers who could help them through the process.
“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,” the couple said in a statement. “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.”
The couple chose the lump-sum payment, which is worth $327.8 million before taxes, KFOR sister station KTLA reports.
The odds of winning the record jackpot were 1 in 292 million.