California Powerball winner came forward to claim his jackpot prize on April Fools Day, so it was a bit strange. Yet B. Raymond Buxton is the winner of the $425 million California Powerball without a shadow of a doubt.
“‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” Buxton said at the winning moment. “I sat in front of the computer for hours in disbelief, frequently checking and rechecking the numbers across multiple sources. Once the initial shock passed, I couldn’t sleep for days.”
He said that the day he found out that he was the winner he just sat there on his computer lost in thought. The very fact that he had won such a huge sum was frightening indeed.
"Sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary," he said, according to lottery officials. "It's amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life."
Yet after some checking and rechecking he felt a little assurance that it was definitely none other than he, himself who had won the Californian lottery.
But Raymond is a very secretive and taciturn individual. He doesn’t want to be in the media spotlight. That is why he has chosen to reveal as little about himself as possible.
What is surprising though is that Raymond, despite being a retiree, wants to spend all that money on humanitarian causes. Most people who win the lottery selfishly splurge on shopping and luxury items and services. But this is not how Raymond thinks.
California Powerball winner wants to set up several charitable organizations that will end child hunger, provide learning resources to the illiterate and take care of children from a medical point of view. Raymond has a heart of gold and he knows it.
He is a Star Wars fan and wore a Yoda T-shirt when he appeared to claim the prize. According to Raymond, it is amazing how a simple little slip of paper could change one’s life.
California Powerball winner is one lucky dude and so are those who will be the recipients of benefits accruing from his philanthropic organizations. Of course, the fact remains that before the lottery results he was an ordinary middle class man but now he is an extraordinarily rich man.
But Raymond is self-effacing enough to deny any chances at publicity. He even told his address reluctantly to the media machine since he wants to remain anonymous.