World’s richest lottery winner sued after claims winning ticket was stolen

The world's richest lottery winner's riches are in jeopardy as a bloke is claims his ticket for the £1.6billion ($2billion) was stolen.

Last year Edwin Castro's life changed immeasurably when he won an eye-watering lottery jackpot.

Edwin, 30, matched the winning numbers for the California Powerball in November 2022.

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He scooped the $2.04bn (1.6bn) jackpot, becoming the biggest lottery winner in American history.

After taxes Edwin was left with $997.6m (£802m) which still means his net worth is greater than megastars Tom Cruise and Madonna.

Opting to collect his new found wealth in a one-off lump sum, rather than annual payments, the Los Angeles native quickly splashed the cash on a £20million ($25.5m) lavish Hollywood Hills estate with breathtaking views of the city.

And it was at that gigantic new mansion he calls home that officials presented him with a lawsuit from Jose Rivera.

Rivera claims his ticket was stolen by a bloke named “Reggie”, who then went on the blackmail him over the ticket.

Both Castro and “Reggie” are being sued by the man – although it is thought that there is not very much actual evidence to back up the man's claim.

According to sources, from the Joe's Service Centre location where the ticket was sold, speaking to the Daily Mail: “'California Lottery have strict regulations about how they choose a winner, this guy is crazy, he came in here with his attorney yelling about it and there's nothing we can do.”

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And an official California State Lottery statement said that they have “confidence” in their own vetting processes.

They said: “When it comes to the vetting process for big winners, California Lottery has the utmost confidence in its process for doing so.

“California Lottery remains confident that Edwin Castro is the rightful winner of the $2.04billion prize stemming from the Powerball drawing in November of 2022.”

As well as bagging the huge amount for himself, the California state school system also won a whopping £125millionn ($156million) because they are an official beneficiary of the state's lottery.

It is not thought that Jose Rivera is looking to take that money, too.

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