Mystery winner claimed huge SuperLotto Plus jackpot
Judy Taylor won $93 million in the California Lottery, and said she was going to go back to work as an executive assistant.
The Alameda resident told state lottery officials she would use the money to travel to Greek islands and Hong Kong, buy a new car, and, as a lifelong renter, finally break into the Bay Area housing market.
Lottery officials said Monday that Taylor won the Sept. 1 jackpot for the Super Lotto Plus game, ending a mystery that began last week when the lottery said no one had come forward.
The winner bought the ticket from a gas station on Mecartney Road, the lottery said. Simon Kim, the gas station's owner, said last week that he recognized the woman as a regular customer but didn't know who she was.
It wasn't until Taylor saw a television news report — with her image from the gas station's security camera — that she thought she might have the winning ticket, said Olga Gallardo, a spokeswoman for the California State Lottery. A niece then looked up the numbers on the Internet, and Taylor let lottery officials know Friday that she was the winner.
The lottery typically makes winners of big jackpots available to the media, but Taylor asked to not be contacted, Gallardo said Monday. No one answered the door of her apartment, one of 36 units in a complex in Alameda.
Taylor will have 60 days to decide whether she wants a lump sum that is just over half the total winnings, or she can get 26 annual payments that start with $2.3 million and gradually increase up to $4.7 million by the final year, Gallardo said.
Kim will get $465,000 for selling the winning ticket.