After months of mystery, the third and final winners of the January Powerball lottery’s $1.6 billion jackpot have come forward to claim their prize.
Winners Marvin and Mae Acosta bought their winning ticket in Chino Hills, Calif.
According to Powerball, the couple’s share of the record-setting jackpot is $528.8 million. They opted to take the cash option amount of $327.8 million before federal taxes.
“We finally know who our mystery winners are! 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 Acosta’s declined all requests for media interviews. They released this statement through the California lottery:
“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.”
The $1.6 billion jackpot was the largest in U.S. lottery history.