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Second $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot Winner Comes Forward

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Written by Jimmy Rustling
$1.6 billion winning ticket in Chino Hills California

Paul Horner holding up the winning ticket for gaming officials. Winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball was 10. (AP Photo/Dennis System, File) / AP

Chino Hills, CA — This morning lottery officials were pleased to announce that the second of the three winners in Wednesday’s world record setting, $1.58 billion Powerball drawing, has come forward. That lucky person is 37-year-old Paul Horner from Chino Hills, California. Horner won by matching all five white balls and the red Powerball.

The winning Powerball numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball was 10.

Most people would be ecstatic about their new found riches, but not Horner. As it turns out Horner was already California’s third wealthiest resident. With this lottery win, Horner will now be a contender for the richest person living in the state of California. Horner made most of his wealth on Wall Street. Last year’s tax return show him reporting a little over $850,000,000 and because of some questionable accounting he paid less than 1% in taxes.

Local news station KTLA caught up with Horner as he was leaving the California Lottery Central Valley location this morning.

“This money will help me fix up my numerous estates and multiple golf courses in the Cayman Islands. I’m actually kind of bummed about winning because I know there is really no way around paying the full amount of taxes that I’ll owe on this. I guess for a moment or so I’ll have to join the ‘regulars’ and pay my fair share. Maybe when I’m done paying all those taxes I’ll go down to a local bar and have a domestic beer with the common folk there, just to get a quick taste of what that’s like,” Horner laughs. “To be honest, most of this money will probably end up going to campaign contributions for Donald Trump.”

When asked how he came up with the numbers he chose, Horner said, “When I played before I let the riffraff behind the counter pick the numbers for me, but this time I went with numbers that have special place close to my heart. I currently own four Bugatti’s. I have eight mansions. I own nineteen different multinational corporations. I spent twenty-seven million dollars on my last yacht and I own real estate in thirty-four different countries and I currently have at least ten lawsuits pending against me,” Horner laughs.

On Wall Street Horner’s nickname is ‘The Gutter’.

“He basically buys up a company, fires everybody, puts them all out on the street, then when the stock price goes up he sells everything and just walks away. He’s such an a*shole. We all just love him here,” Tom Downey of Fidelity Mutual told CBS News.

Lottery officials are still not sure what to make of the winner who matched all six numbers correctly.

“I don’t care if I get fired saying this, but he [Horner] is not a good person”, said lottery official Tim Parkos. “That money was growing into something really amazing. With all of that money you could feed most of the world’s starving children, or provide clean drinking water in every third world country. I’m pretty sure there is no God when a guy like Paul Horner becomes the winner of something this special.”

Though not everyone feels that Horner is such a bad guy. Horner’s cousin, Alex Horner, told CBS News he only has praise and good things to say about his relative.

“Yeah Paul is a good guy, no matter what most people say. Even though we grew up a few states apart we always managed to get together and hang like bros. Like this one time I was training for my high school golf tournament and got to practice at his private golf course resort in the Cayman Islands. It’s like $600 a round for the public but he was nice enough to give me the family 10% discount since I played after 3PM. He’s always looking out for the fam like that. I think its super cool he’s donating to politics and stuff, pretty noble of him.”

Sarah Bradley, founder of Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks told CBS News that she does not agree with Horner winning the Powerball.

“That money could have gone to something great, and now it will be just wasted on some rich fat cat, the same people that are driving out the middle and lower class in this country. Maybe Horner will find it in his heart to do something that actually helps humanity. Like what we do, giving out new socks to the homeless. It doesn’t get any better or more rewarding than that, please donate what you can.”

The Tennessee lottery confirmed Friday that a family from Munford, Tennessee, is the first of the three winners of the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot to come forward. The winners from Tennessee, John and Lisa Robinson, will have to split the jackpot three ways with Horner and whoever the winner from Florida eventually turns out to be. That three-way split being well over $500 million to each party.

Horner’s winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, according to Russ Lopez with the California Lottery. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot was the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, beating the old record of $656 million set on March 20th, 2012. It climbed from an already-record breaking $900 million jackpot on Saturday. Winning jackpot tickets were sold in three states, California, Florida and Tennessee.

Powerball is played in California and 43 other states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 apiece, and drawing take place at 7:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday and Saturday.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.

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