Where is the Chino Hills Powerball Winner?Wednesday May 4th 2016
On Wednesday January 13th 2016, three winning tickets from California, Florida and Tennessee split a record-breaking Powerball jackpot worth $1.58 billion. While John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee came forward on the Today show to claim their winnings within just a few days and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida stepped forward in mid-February, the winner of the California Powerball prize, worth $528.8 million before taxes, has failed to appear.
The ticket, which matched the winning numbers of 4, 8, 19, 27 and 34 with Powerball 10, was purchased from a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills near Los Angeles. In the months after the huge drawing, rumors have abounded that the winner has died or that the ticket has been lost, with hoax stories about a young winner overdosing on cocaine circulating the Internet as people search for more information about who the player could possibly be. Popular urban legends website Snopes.com has firmly refuted these reports, and no official announcement has been made by the California Lottery about a verified claim for the prize.
Some news sources have suggested that the winner may be trying to get their affairs in order before claiming the money. In California, Powerball jackpot winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim a prize, which would give the mysterious player more than enough time to set up trusts or speak with financial advisors before visiting any of the lottery offices across the state.
It wouldn’t be the first time that someone has won big on Powerball and waited to show up to receive their giant check. On February 19th, 2014, B. Raymond Buxton won an incredible $425 million, but waited until April Fool's’ Day of that year to pick up the money. During the interim, he had taken the time to seek legal and financial advice, ensuring that he would benefit from his winnings for a long time to come.
As the U.S. waits to see if the Chino Hills winner will eventually reveal themselves, players can also look forward to tonight’s Powerball drawing, which is offering a jackpot worth an estimated $348 million. The top prize has rolled over since Wednesday 2nd March, when James Stocklas won $291.4 million after buying a ticket during a vacation in Florida. If you’d like the chance to break the rollover streak and win an even larger sum of cash, make sure you play Powerball today!