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California Delivery Driver Claim Half Of $648M Mega Millions Jackpot

Mega Millions draw on December 17, the second of two winners of the $636 million jackpot has come forward to claim the prize. Two weeks of suspense over with the announcement that a delivery driver who bought the winning ticket at an East San Jose gift shop finally claim his winnings.
Winner name is Steve Tran. He arrived late Thursday afternoon at the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office. The Northern California man didn’t really feel like talking with reporters, but he is allowing us to share more of his exciting story.
Tran bought his winning ticket and put it in a pile of other lottery tickets that he bought in other towns while making runs as a delivery driver. It wasn’t until Monday, after taking a vacation with his family, that he remembered to check his ticket, he said. “I woke up in the middle of the night. I remembered, ‘I think I went to San Jose,'” he said, according to the lottery. It was around 3:00 a.m. Monday. He checked his tickets and discovered he had hit the jackpot. The wife got a smile and a massive hug. Tran has also informed some other family members.
The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Mega ball of 7.

Mega Millions Numbers – Tuesday, December 17, 2013
	8	 	14	 	17	 	20	 	39	 	7

Tran told lottery officials that after learning he had the winning Mega Millions ticket, he made a call to his boss. “I’m really sorry, boss. I hit the jackpot,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”
According to the agency, Tran has chosen to take his winnings in one $173.8 million lump sum and will clear about $130.3 million after federal taxes. He is one of two winners in the nationwide $648 million drawing — the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history. The other newly minted multimillionaire, Ira Curry, of Georgia, claimed her winnings and immediately dropped out of sight. She also took her bonanza as a lump sum — $123 million after taxes. The store owner, Thuy Nguyen, who says he bought his store only four months ago, is also receiving a $1 million retailer bonus just for selling the lucky ticket!

The winning lottery ticket in the Dec. 17, 2012 Mega Millions draw.

The winning lottery ticket in the Dec. 17, 2012 Mega Millions draw.

Mega Millions Jackpot Winners

Draw Date Jackpot Winner Retailer Numbers
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 $648 Million Ira Curry Gateway Newstand
3500 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
8 14 17 20 39 7
Steve Tran Jenny’s Gift Shop
1818 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95122
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 $189 Million Lucky Family Dash In
7845 Quarterfield Road, Severn, MD 21144
7 10 30 37 53 1
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 $19 Million Barbara Matta and Karl Herkert Dollar Subs
646 Elm Street, Kearny, NJ 07032
4 22 23 27 38 42
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 $20 Million Lucky Ones Partnership Rosslyn Food Mart
9245 North Houston Rosslyn Road, Houston, TX 77088
10 14 21 40 53 20
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 $80 Million Dick Zelasko John’s Market
75 East Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48085
2 23 41 47 54 42

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