It may have been April Fools’ Day when Raymond
Buxton claimed his colossal $425 million Powerball jackpot, but this faceless picture is no joke.
That’s Buxton holding his giant check over his face and wearing a Yoda t-shirt that reads,
“Luck of the Jedi I Have.” No doubt, the force was with him.
“’Unbelieveable!’ is all I could muster,” Buxton said about the moment he realized he
was the sole winner. The Northern California retiree hit the jackpot
back on February 19th, after buying his ticket from this store… the Dixon Landing Chevron
in Milpitas. Local and national media swarmed the place
shortly after… and for good reason… the jackpot was the largest ever won in California.
“This really proves that anything can happen.” Parmeet Singh’s father owns the store. Singh
says he didn’t believe the news at first… and now he couldn’t be happier.
“It’s fantastic. Really, I have no words to express how it is actually.”
As for Buxton… he didn’t tell anyone about his huge win. He waited 6 weeks to claim his
prize as he worked to secure legal and financial help.
During that time, both new and old customers flooded into the Chevron, offering up their
own ideas on how to spend the jackpot cash. “I’d take a nice vacation”
“Travel. Pay off bills, travel.” “You know I want a Bentley. Probably silver”
We’ve learned that Buxton does plan to do some traveling and he’s going to start a
charity focused on pediatric health, child hunger and education.
“It’s amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life,” he said.
Buxton isn’t the only one who may be smiling more due to this win.
Parmeet Singh’s father received a retailer bonus of $1 million for selling the winning
ticket. “We’re really happy, we’re really thankful
for this opportunity. This is great.” In Milpitas, I’m Melissa Villarin with Your
California Lottery news.