Biggest lottery winner of all time is named after scooping eye-watering £1.68BILLION prize | The Sun

THE BIGGEST lottery winner of all time has been named after scooping an eye-watering £1.68billion prize.

Edwin Castro won the Powerball jackpot in California, US, on Tuesday.

More than three months after he bought the winning ticket, California Lottery officials announced he won.

It was the largest single lottery payout to an individual, according to California lottery.

Only one other jackpot has topped £826million in Powerball’s history.

The US man requested lottery officials did not disclose any biographical information about him, though they did release his name, in keeping with California’s public disclosure laws.

Mr Castro did not attend the grand prize presentation but did release a public statement.

He said: "As someone who received the rewards of being educated in the California public education system it’s gratifying to hear that as a result of my win."

Lottery officials said the man opted for an one time lump sum payment of the full amount.

Carolyn Becker, a spokeswoman for California Lottery, said: "We get to celebrate a real human today.

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"Although he would like to remain private, we’re very excited to announce a winner and we’re so pleased that he’s particularly supportive of our mission."

The Powerball jackpot climbed to its record sum over several months in late 2022, as more than 40 consecutive drawings failed to yield a winner.

Castro’s winning ticket was the only one that matched all five winning numbers and the Powerball number in the drawing on November 7, 2022.

He bought the lucky ticket at Joe’s Service Centre, Altadena, which is about 15 miles north of Los Angeles.


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