Walter F. Tracey slept in until about 1 p.m. Sunday, then got a surprising jolt. The 80-year-old World War II Navy pilot checked the newspaper, and there it was in black and white: He had the winning numbers for the $100 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot.
About two hours later, when with the help of a cane he walked into J.P. Liquors in Los Altos, he learned he was one of three jackpot winners. He would receive $33.3 million, minus taxes, and the fortunes of his large family would change.
“I haven’t gotten a whoop or holler out of him yet,” said his smiling son Paul Tracey, 41, who lives with his father in Los Altos Hills.
After having several strokes since 1989, Walter Tracey said he doesn’t feel or show much emotion. But sitting in a chair in his living room later, mulling over his good fortune, he gave up a small smile and admitted, “I am very happy.”
The other winning tickets were purchased in Sausalito and Huntington Beach, California Lottery officials said Sunday. The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 17, 18, 28, 33, 39, with 19 the Meganumber.
Tracey’s winnings came on top of another recent family jackpot: The birth 10 days ago of his 14th grandchild, Amelia, to Paul Tracey and his wife, Ivka. “She is a beautiful little baby girl,” her grandpa said.
“This money will go to a lot of family and benefit them,” Walter Tracey said. His top priority is education. Although his kids are grown, the oldest grandchildren are just reaching college age.
Tracey’s wife of 57 years died more than three years ago, and he said he still thinks of her every day. The two young Irish immigrants met and fell in love …