REPORT: Powerball winner accused of stealing ticket from real champ

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A California man suing Powerball winner Edwin Castro over a $2 billion winning ticket claims he was blackmailed and falsely told the ducat “was a loser.”

In court papers, Jose Rivera argues he’s the rightful owner of the $2.04 billion jackpot, buying the winning ticket Nov. 7, 2022 — a day before the drawing — from Joe’s Service Station in Altadena.

But a man identified as “Reggie,” Urachi F. Romero, allegedly “stole” the ticket and “refused” to return it despite Rivera’s requests, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, “Reggie,” Urachi F. Romero allegedly “stole” the ticket, although it is unclear how he got ahold of it.

He the “refused” to return it, the suit states, with Rivera claiming that he repeatedly asked “Reggie” to return the ticket after the winning numbers were released.

“Reggie” allegedly told Rivera “the ticket was a loser” and “if I find the ticket we can split the winnings 50/50,” according to the complaint.

Rivera reported the theft to police and the California Lottery, he said.

“Reggie” meanwhile collected a lump-sum of $997.6 million with the ticket in February. He has since purchased two multimillion-dollar California homes, and a vintage Porsche Valued at $250,000.

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  1. Greed makes people do dumb things. No idea who’s telling the truth, but whoever isn’t will pay big time in the hereafter.

  2. If he REALLY TRUTHFULLY stole the ticket that man has a target on his back…..FOREVER I ASSURE YOU !!!


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