SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — More than a month after buying the winning ticket in San Francisco, a 41-year-old man has finally come forward as the winner of a $70 million lotto ticket, the California Lottery said Wednesday.
Eurico Chin bought the ticket on a whim in late May at a Safeway in the Sunset District. "I thought to myself, 'why not?'" he said, according to a press release from the California Lottery. "I'm already here, might as well buy one," he reportedly said.
He purchased the winning SuperLotto Plus ticket, along with four others, at the Safeway at 2350 Noriega St. (Lottery officials did not give his city of residence, and said he wasn't interested in doing media interviews.)
Chin knew he was the winner, but waited to come forward because he was mulling over the possibilities for his loot.
"You have to plan carefully about what to do with the money," he said. In the meantime, Chin devised a strategy. He plans on investing most of the winnings and may buy a new house and car. He's also likely to retire, according to the press release.
From what occupation is unknown.
"I was watching the news and I saw that the winner was on Noriega (Street) and I remembered that I bought the ticket on Noriega," he said, according to a press release. "I thought to myself, 'Well, it might be me.'"
The winning numbers matched his ticket when he checked online.
"First I was in shock, I couldn't believe it. I checked the ticket several times to make sure that I won," he said.
Chin is still deciding between taking a one-time cash payment, which lottery officials estimated to be nearly $41 million before taxes or an annuity option that would score him the full winnings prior to taxes over the course of 30 years.
The Safeway store on Noriega will also receive $350,000 for selling the ticket.
The award is the largest SuperLotto Plus award since a $76 million ticket purchased in Shasta City in 2009.
SuperLotto Plus is an in-state lottery game. Players can purchase $1 tickets and pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and a Mega number between 1 to 27. The California Lottery holds drawings at its headquarters in Sacramento every Wednesday and Saturday.