POWERBALL winner Edwin Castro was spotted checking out a $1.6 million Mercedes Gullwing at an elite car show as he looks to expand his collection of luxury vehicles.
An exclusive image obtained by The US Sun shows Castro, 31, relaxing in the sun under a parasol and smiling as he chats to an elderly couple next to the supercar.
He was recently spotted making polite conversation with the other guests at the annual motorsports gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California.
The long-haired lottery winner wore a dark t-shirt, a cream zip-up jacket and a crossbody bag on the sunny day as he clutched his baby blue parasol.
Sources told The US Sun that Castro was a big fan of engines even before the win and previous photos show him wearing a “Gas Monkey Garage” T-shirt during an outing.
An eyewitness on Auto show on August 18th said: “Nobody seemed to recognize him and he was having a great time with friends and chatting to car owners.”
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“I heard he was looking to expand his collection and he was really interested in buying a Mercedes Gullwing and loves a Porsche 959 which was also launched at the event.
“He seemed like a relaxed, normal guy and made an effort to talk to other guests who liked him. Hopefully the money doesn’t go to his head.”
Every August, hundreds of car enthusiasts flock to the Monterey Peninsula, with The Quail being the crown jewel event attended by scores of wealthy car enthusiasts.
According to an online description, it has always been “an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles as part of a garden party.”
Since receiving his $997.6 million lump sum payout in January, Lucky Castro has been pictured driving around in a vintage Porsche 911.
He also has a six-car garage for his growing collection at his $25.5 million Hollywood Hills mansion next to pop star Ariana Grande above the Sunset Strip.
Edwin has also spent thousands of dollars on top-notch security and drivers since being named the jackpot winner in February, the largest in history.
But despite living the high life, he is also under pressure after he was accused of cashing in a stolen ticket in a bombshell lawsuit filed earlier this year.
A tense legal battle is underway between Castro and fellow Golden State native Jose Rivera, who maintains he is the ticket winner despite lottery officials’ decision.
Rivera has been supported in his claim for the award by outside parties and his legal team insists he will continue to fight.
His former landlord, Urachi “Reggie” Romero, vocally supported Rivera’s position, claiming that the tenant showed him the ticket before the drawing and explained in detail why he picked each number New York Post.
Nevertheless, Rivera is suing both Castro and Romero, claiming the landlord stole the note, which was later cashed.
Romero denied stealing the ticket, saying he had no idea what happened to it and had not seen any of the winnings.
Asked why he allegedly didn’t claim the money for months, Castro’s lawyer David De Paoli told The US Sun: “Because we arranged a whole lot of things in the background. It is a lot of money.”
He further claimed that he had been working with Castro “since the day after he won the money,” adding, “You’d be surprised how much is in it.”
Castro is believed to have received top professional advice on how to handle his finances and the pressures of being in the media spotlight amid the legal battle.
De Paoli emphasized: “But he does all sorts of great things with it, he just doesn’t want everyone to know.”
“He’s a very humble, smart guy…younger, but he’s not a partier, he’s close to his family and he spends the money well.”