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Finally! Chino Hills Holder Of $528 Million Powerball Lotto Ticket Comes Forward
Created: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 17:15

File photo. 7-Eleven assistant manager M. Faroqui celebrates after selling the winning near-$1.6 billion Powerball Lottery ticket in Chino Hills, Calif. on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2016.  (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Southern California News Group) File photo. 7-Eleven assistant manager M. Faroqui celebrates after selling the winning near-$1.6 billion Powerball Lottery ticket in Chino Hills, Calif. on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Southern California News Group)

Six months after a $1.6 billion Powerball lottery jackpot set records, the holder of the winning ticket bought at a Chino Hills 7-Eleven has finally come forward.

“Chino Hills HUGE winner finally claims,” a tweet from the California Lottery at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday.

Marvin and Mae Acosta were announced as the winners. Their home town was not revealed.

The couple wants “to remain as private as possible,” the tweet says.

The drawing Jan. 13 set off a nationwide frenzy, with ultimately three tickets poised to share the jackpot, or $528.8 million apiece. When word got out that California’s winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, owned by Balbir Atwal, the store quickly filled with people celebrating the win — but the actual winner was not among them.

 

The winning ticket holders from Tennessee came forward almost immediately, while the Florida winners took about a month to reveal themselves.

“We finally know who our mystery winners are! It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do — they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisers to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in a statement.

 

“We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim,” Lopez said.

The couple is refusing all interviews and requests for photographs, according to lottery officials. They did release this statement:

“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisers to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources. While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us. While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward. Thank you.”

 

The Chino Hills winner remained shrouded in mystery for months. Initially, several hoaxters claimed ownership of the golden ticket. Meanwhile, Atwal collected his $1 million for owning the business that sold the ticket, and the clerk who handled the transaction, M. Faroqui, enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame, landing a guest spot on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

According to the California Lottery, the Acostas declined a 30-year annuity worth $528.8 million before federal taxes, opting for a one-time payment of $327.8 million, like the Tennessee and Florida couples did.

 

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Unlike the California-only SuperLotto Plus jackpot winners — who must come forward with their ticket within 180 days of the draw date — Powerball winners have a year to stake their claimSource:  dailybulletin.com

 
As Construction Surges, Traffic Chokes Downtown L.A
Created: Monday, 04 July 2016 06:08

After decades of relative quiet, downtown Los Angeles is teeming with commercial and residential life. The growth, coupled with a strong economy and a surge in construction, has sparked what residents and commuters say is some of the worst traffic they can remember.

Over a two-year period, the number of lane- and street-closure permits issued by the city rose by 147%, from 43 in March of 2014 to 106 in March of this year, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis. The increases were most dramatic for permits related to construction, which soared 181% over that period, from 32 in 2014 to 90 this year.

Source: latimes.com

 
California Marijuana Legalization Measure On November Ballot
Created: Wednesday, 29 June 2016 05:48

Californians' November ballot will include an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, with the coming campaign likely to reverberate nationwide given the state's size and implications for similar efforts elsewhere.

A random sample of more than 606,000 signatures turned in by supporters last month cleared the required threshold, according to an updated tally posted Tuesday by the Secretary of State's Office.

"Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself," Jason Kinney, a spokesman for California's Adult Use of Marijuana Act, said in a statement.

The fall measure comes six years after the narrow defeat of Proposition 19, another pot legalization initiative. Unlike that effort, the latest initiative has the support of multiple groups and officials, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, with major financial backing from billionaire entrepreneur Sean Parker.

Various law enforcement groups oppose legalization but have been heavily outraised so far.

Tuesday's qualifications bring to 12 the number of measures set to go before voters this fall, with election officials continuing to check signatures turned in by supporters of another six proposed initiatives. Thursday is the qualification deadline.

Source: sacbee.com

 
U.S. Military To Allow Transgender Men And Women To Serve Openly
Created: Friday, 01 July 2016 05:28

In a historic move, the Pentagon today lifted its ban on allowing transgender men and women to serve openly in the military.
The announcement by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter follows extensive study by the U.S. military to remove one of the last discriminatory hurdles for service.

Source: latimes.com

 
Supreme Court Deadlock Deals Defeat To Obama's Immigration Plan
Created: Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:21

The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 today over the legality of President Obama's sweeping immigration plan, dealing a defeat to the White House.

The tie vote leaves in place lower court orders from Texas that have blocked Obama's plan to suspend deportation and offer work permits to about 4 million parents who have been living illegally in the U.S.

Source: latimes.com

 

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