A witness has claimed he saw someone else with the ticket that made Edwin Castro the world’s richest lottery winner.
Castro, 30, is being sued by Jose Rivera, a man who claims he was the one who sold the $2.4 billion Powerball ticket at Joe’s Service Center the day before the Nov. 8 drawing in Altadena, California.
Rivera claimed the ticket was stolen that same day by a man named Reggie, who has since been identified as Urachi Romero, 47, and is listed in court documents as a co-defendant.
According to the lawsuit, Romero allegedly refused to return the ticket to Rivera after repeatedly requesting it.
In a new twist, Romero was identified as Rivera’s former landlord in an interview with the New York Postclaimed he saw Rivera with the winning ticket.
Romero claimed Rivera showed him the ticket the day before the draw.
“I saw Jose Rivera with that ticket… he showed me,” Romero said.
The winning numbers in the lottery were 10, 33, 41, 47, 56 and the red Powerball 10.
“I asked him why he picked two tens,” Romero recalls. “He said it was the date his parents both died.” He chose 47 because he’s that old.
“He also said that his father always wanted a 1956 Chevy truck, so he chose the ’56.
“He had a reason for picking every number and he told me that before the draw.”
Romero claimed he had received threats since Rivera claimed he stole the ticket.
The former landlord insisted he hadn’t stolen anything and had no connection to Castro.
“I could be dirty or heisty, but actually Jose Rivera showed me this ticket before he knew it was the winning ticket,” Romero said.
“But I don’t know how he lost the ticket.”
Romero said he rented a room to Rivera in late 2022.
Rivera requested a search of the house because he couldn’t find the winning ticket.
“I let him go through my stuff because I had nothing to hide,” Romero said.
Romero added, “He claims I took it and then sold it to Castro, but why would I do that?”
“How stupid would that be if I can redeem it myself?
Shortly after Rivera filed the lawsuit in February, he moved out of Romero’s home.
Rivera reportedly failed to tie Castro and the co-defendants to legal documents, saying, “There are no facts as to how Edwin Castro obtained ‘Reggie’s’ Powerball ticket.”
Carolyn Becker of the California Lottery Commission told The US Sun, “California Lottery remains confident that Edwin Castro is the legitimate winner of the $2.04 billion Powerball prize draw in November 2022.”