Edwin Castro, who was once a prominent Boy Scout and high school athlete, is a recent winner of the $2.04 billion Powerball prize.
He claimed the lump sum payment of $997,600,000 before taxes. Castro was sued by a man claiming that the former had stolen the winning lottery ticket from him. However, Powerball has confirmed that they have the fullest confidence that Castro is the rightful owner of the ticket.
“Winning the lotto couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” a source told TMZ.
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Castro, 30, grew up in Los Angeles. attended Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, California. During his time at the counts, he was promoted all the way to Eagle Scout. He also played football and baseball in high school.
According to TMZ, he grew up in a “wholesome family” that frequently took fishing trips. He studied architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank. Castro has been described as a quiet guy with a kind heart.
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Castro purchased the winning ticket from Joe’s Service Center in Altadena. Since striking the jackpot, Castro has used some of his money to buy a $25.5 million pad in the Hollywood Hills, which features a home gym, garage parking for seven cars, and a motor court. Castro reportedly has a passion for vintage cars and fitness.
Edwin Castro accused of theft
José Rivera claims that he was the one who purchased the ticket, but a man going by the name of “Reggie” snatched it from him.
According to Rivera, he attempted to get Reggie to return the ticket, which apparently included the winning numbers, but to no effect. Reggie merely stated that he wasn’t a winner and that he would be willing to give up half if he were. Jose then claims that he reported the incident to the CA Lottery and law police because he “refused to be blackmailed.”
Jose claims that he made a complaint with the California Lottery, alleging that the ticket was stolen, and requesting that an investigation be conducted before handing him the rewards.