An unemployed man from San Francisco visited the California State Lottery office earlier this week and claimed last month's $70M SuperLotto Plus jackpot, four weeks after he won the mammoth prize. He told lottery officials he hadn't presented the ticket earlier because he'd needed time to decide on the best use for the money.
Eurico Chin, 41, became a millionaire on Saturday, May 24, 2014, when the numbers on his ticket matched all five main numbers and the Mega Number, but the life-changing win involved a double helping of good luck because Chin never intended to buy a ticket.
Chin was out wandering the streets of San Francisco when he passed a Safeway store and suddenly thought to himself: "Why not? I'm already here; I might as well buy one."
He bought five, all of them Quick Pick tickets, and one of them changed his life.
Chin said: "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. I thought to myself, 'well, it might be me.'"
When he went online and checked the winning numbers against those on his ticket he discovered there was no 'might' about it. Chin was so shocked he rechecked the numbers several times. He has been researching his options ever since and put off claiming his prize until Monday, June 23.
Chin said he is considering buying a house or a new car, but plans to invest most of the money.