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The winner of the $2-billion Powerball jackpot purchased his second multimillion-dollar house in latest weeks, dropping $3.98 million on an Altadena home not removed from the place he bought his life-changing lottery ticket.

Edwin Castro, who got here ahead final month as California Lottery’s first billionaire winner, closed on the Altadena house not lengthy after buying a $25.5-million house in Hollywood Hills. He purchased the second home via a restricted legal responsibility firm, public information present, as he did with the Hollywood Hills mansion.

Since Castro collected his prize — selecting a lump sum of almost $1 billion — he has returned as soon as to the Altadena gasoline station the place he purchased the Powerball ticket, mentioned Joseph Chahayed, the proprietor of Joe’s Cellular Service.

“He simply got here to inform me, ‘Thanks. This modified my life,” Chahayed mentioned in an interview Friday.

Though Castro declined to talk publicly after accepting his prize, he mentioned in an announcement that he was “shocked and ecstatic” about successful, and was glad to study that California public faculties would additionally obtain a big test from the deal.

Of their temporary dialog, Castro informed Chahayed that he hoped to discover a manner to assist unhoused youth along with his newfound fortune, the gasoline station proprietor mentioned.

“I inspired him to be beneficiant,” Chahayed mentioned. “I hope he [doesn’t] waste it; he can use it for good.”

The one-story Altadena home Castro purchased was in-built 1953 and sits on virtually three-quarters of an acre. It consists of 5 bedrooms, 5 loos and a saltwater pool, in accordance the itemizing. Described as Japanese-inspired trendy, the 4,361-square-foot house is barely about three miles from the gasoline station on West Woodbury Street the place he purchased the successful Powerball ticket in November.

Chahayed mentioned Castro used to come back into the gasoline station repeatedly to purchase espresso, a pastry and a lottery ticket, however after the Powerball winner was introduced, he seemingly disappeared.

“He acquired the fortunate one,” Chahayed mentioned.

And now, others within the space are hoping the luck on the gasoline station will proceed.

“The lottery gross sales [have] elevated, like triple time,” Chahayed mentioned. He mentioned there have been another winners since Castro, however nothing near the historic Powerball win.

Instances employees author Jack Flemming contributed to this report.

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