$2 Billion Powerball Winner Hits it Big in the Hollywood Hills

Edwin Castro's life has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past few months. In November, he purchased a winning Powerball lottery ticket at a Mobil gas station in Altadena, a Los Angeles suburb. He recently collected his prize of $997.6 million as a lump sum before taxes. In less than a month, he has already become the proud owner of a luxurious mansion located in the star-studded Hollywood Hills, surrounded by celebrity neighbors such as Ariana Grande, Dakota Johnson, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Not much is known about Castro, as he did not make an appearance at the press conference where his win was announced. However, it is believed that he is a long-time local resident of Pasadena and its neighboring areas and is still in his early thirties.

In contrast to its owner, Castro's new mansion has an aggressively extroverted design, showcasing its louche features for all to see. Built into the side of a steep cliff, the blocky contemporary-style mansion has over 13,000 square feet of living space, complete with five bedrooms, five baths, and two powder rooms. The property was purchased for $25.5 million, a discount off the original asking price of almost $30 million.

The mansion was built by renowned developer Roman James and was previously featured in Robb Report. The three-story mansion has a vast central living area with walls of glass that seamlessly connect to the entirely hardscaped backyard, featuring a full outdoor kitchen and infinity pool. The exterior walls are painted in masculine shades of gunmetal gray, charcoal, and black, giving the house an unapologetically austere appearance. However, the interior has softer tones, with beige-toned stone and decadent touches, such as a recreation-themed lower level with a gym, cold plunge pool, wine cellar, movie theater, and sauna. The master suite on the penthouse level has its own private balcony and a bathroom clad in exotic slabs of black-and-white marble. Additionally, there is a rooftop deck that offers breathtaking views of the entire L.A. city skyline, from Downtown skyscrapers to Century City, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island.

The mansion sits on a large half-acre lot, but a significant portion of the property is unusable hillside. However, the estate has two separate garages that can house up to seven cars and a flat motorcourt for several more, a rarity in the tightly-packed hills. The property also has some drought-tolerant plantings around the front and side, which are the only visible landscaping features.

Although the mansion is magnificent, it pales in comparison to the stunning surrounding scenery visible from every room, making it a worthwhile investment for Castro.