in

Powerball winner Edwin Castro’s rival stays adamant he’s rightful proprietor of successful $2B lotto ticket

Powerball winner Edwin Castro’s rival stays adamant he’s rightful proprietor of successful $2B lotto ticket



Edwin Castro’s rival is doubling down on his claims he is the rightful owner of the biggest winning lottery ticket in American historical past — regardless of being charged with submitting a false police report within the ongoing saga, in response to a report.

Jose Rivera demanded “justice” following his first look in Pasadena Court Friday for the felony cost.

“It’s ridiculous that they’re making an attempt to place expenses on me for my very own ticket. I don’t have phrases for it,” Rivera told the US Sun.

“But I confirmed them that I’m the rightful winner. I used to be the one who purchased the ticket. I’m going to indicate everybody that I’m the rightful winner.”

Rivera got here ahead months after Castro claimed the $2.04 billion prize with allegations that he was the one who truly purchased the ticket from a California retailer.

The lifelong gardener accused his landlord, Urachi “Reggie” Romero, of stealing the life-altering ticket earlier than it someway ended up in Castro’s arms.

Reggie Romero was accused of stealing the life-altering ticket. Marjorie Hernandez/NY Post

Rivera reported the alleged theft and filed a civil case regardless of Castro and Romero’s emphatic denials, in addition to the California State Lottery Commission’s affirmation that Castro was seen on surveillance footage buying the ticket.

Rivera was charged with submitting a false police report final month — precisely a yr after the successful ticket of the biggest lotto sum within the nation so far was pulled.

Authorities believed Rivera was wasting their time on a frivolous claim concerning the ticket main as much as the cost.

Edwin Castro received the life-altering sum of cash after shopping for the ticket final November. Diggzy/Jesal / SplashNews.com

He confirmed as much as his arraignment Friday prepared for what he referred to as “warfare,” decked out in a vivid blue LA Dodgers T-shirt, matching hat and white pants.

“If God desires me in jail for my very own ticket — Oh properly, that’s what he desires. But Imma struggle till the tip,” Rivera instructed the outlet.

“I need justice and I’m going to indicate the world. Hopefully I get justice.”

Rivera got here ahead months after Castro claimed the $2.04 billion prize with allegations that he was the one who truly purchased the ticket from a California retailer. MJT / SplashNews.com

He asserted that he wasn’t “hungry on cash” and that he has taken a break from working for the reason that record-breaking ticket was revealed to deal with his ongoing authorized battles.

He faces as much as six months in jail, probation and fines of as much as $1,000 for allegedly submitting a false police report.

“It’s been tough for me and my household,” Rivera stated, including that his household has supported him emotionally and financially since he filed the report.

“I had my very own enterprise. I used to be a gardener and I’m happy with being a gardener and a hard-working man.”

“It’s gonna blow up. I don’t need cash, I need the reality. I’m drained … People suppose I’m silly. I’m not silly, I’m truly very, very good.”

Rivera didn’t enter a plea Friday and instructed the court docket that he wished to talk to a public defender earlier than deciding whether or not to rent his personal lawyer.

His arraignment was pushed again to January 11.

His civil case in opposition to Castro, the lottery fee, and Romero has been continued to subsequent February.

Castro — who was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport in September with a thriller lady — has not appeared distressed by Rivera’s claims and has spent his winnings lavishly.

Apart from designer clothes and luxurious automobiles, the world’s luckiest man has purchased three large mansions in California value a mixed tens of tens of millions of {dollars}. 

Report

Comments

Express your views here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Disqus Shortname not set. Please check settings

Written by Admin

Bandos Maldives Annual Blood Donor Camp 2023

Bandos Maldives Annual Blood Donor Camp 2023

Geert Wilders Wins Dutch Election in Victory for Far Right

Geert Wilders Wins Dutch Election in Victory for Far Right