It all adds up to why he smiles so widely.
Edwin Castro, the winner of the $2 billion Powerball jackpot, was recently photographed driving around town in a vintage Porsche worth $250,000 and visiting a bank to withdraw a large sum of money.
The fortunate Californian man of 30 wore a quarter-zip Under Armour T-shirt, joggers, and flip-flops to a Chase bank on Wednesday to perform an errand with a friend. When he won the greatest lottery win in U.S. history last year, he raked in a cool $997.6 million.
Castro came forward in February to claim his prize, and he requested payment in a single sum.
Since then, he has made real estate investments, purchasing two California mansions for several million dollars within a month’s time.
In March, Castro bought a mansion overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains for $4 million and a $25 million residence in the Hollywood Hills.
The mansion in the Hollywood Hills is 13,500 square feet, including five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
There is a theatre, bar, infinity pool, spa, and fitness center with hot and cold plunge pools among the home’s many high-end amenities.
Castro’s hometown of Altadena, where he bought the winning Powerball ticket, is where he will be living in the cheaper home.
This five-bedroom, four-bathroom house with a Japanese design was constructed in 1953.
In addition, there is a saltwater pool, a movie theatre, an outdoor pond, and a garage/carport that can accommodate more than a dozen cars.
What did he do with his newfound wealth?
With his newfound wealth, Castro bought himself a vintage white Porsche for $250,000.
Images of the lottery winner’s previous one-bedroom home in Altadena show that the new properties are a significant improvement over the former one.
Castro’s new way of life also features round-the-clock protection.
Three guards, who work in shifts, watch over him and his house at all times.
Since his life-altering win, he has not given any interviews to the media but did issue a statement that was read by Powerball officials.
“As much as I am shocked and ecstatic to have won the Powerball drawing, the real winner is the California public school system,” he stated.
This is fantastic news for the state of California because the California Lottery’s stated goal is to boost public school and higher education budgets.
Castro claimed to have been educated in California’s public institutions from birth.
He remarked, “As someone who reaped the benefits of being educated in the California public education system, I am pleased to learn that the California school system also greatly benefits from my win.”