"Just sitting in my house, on top of my drawer," Tran said. Monday, an electrifying thought raced through his mind and startled him out of slumber.
But there is no word on what he plans to do with the money other than take a vacation.
On the day after the winning numbers were drawn, Tran said he watched the story in the news with as much wonder about the winner as millions of other Californians.
But who is Steve Tran from "Northern California?"
Tran says he and his family visit San Jose because of its large Vietnamese community and the shopping and restaurants. Tran said he bought five quick pick tickets at Jenny's Gift Kids Wear, a store tucked away in a Tully Road strip mall.
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"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."
"That must have been the reason I'm here," he said.
The winning numbers were drawn Dec. 17. When days passed and no one came forward, Nike Air Force Black High Tops On Feet
Tran checked his tickets and made the $324 million discovery. Then he made his phone call to his boss.
visit San Jose with his family and bought tickets throughout his route.
"I woke up in the middle of the night," Tran told lottery officials. Nike Air Force 1 Low Black Mens
Tran declined to participate in the traditional news conference for winners, instead providing only a few comments and details to lottery officials to release Friday.
In being a source of the winner's good fortune, Nguyen said he saw it as a contribution to the community.
the news cameras went into hibernation on the story. Some thought the winner might have been waiting out the holidays or lining up a cadre of lawyers ready to march in with him as he claimed the fortune.
Nguyen's lottery sales have jumped about 30 percent since he sold the winning Mega Millions ticket. Droves of ticket buyers poured into his shop Friday morning; at one point he doled out tickets without interruption for 20 minutes.
"I remembered, I think I went to San Jose."
Then he took his family on vacation. The entire time, he had a pile of lottery tickets he had bought in multiple towns while making delivery runs.
"Everybody was anxious, looking for the person," Tran told the California Lottery. "Must be a lucky man."
The state's newest multimillionaire slipped into the lottery's Sacramento headquarters the day after New Year's and just three days after he realized he had the ticket to claim $173.8 million, before taxes.
Friday morning, the man who sold the winning ticket in San Jose was busier than ever. Thuy Nguyen, the gift shop owner who received $1 million for selling the ticket, said Tran made deliveries at the strip mall and was an occasional customer at his store.
Among the nuggets revealed: Tran told lottery officials that after learning he had the winning Mega Millions ticket, he made a call to his boss.
"I'm proud for him. I'm happy for him," Nguyen said.
It appears the nail biting delay has a much simpler answer: Tran didn't even know he was the winner until this week.
The California Lottery discloses only the winner's name, where the ticket was purchased and the amount of Nike Air Force 1 Black And Pink the prize, spokesman Alex Traverso said.
The winning lottery ticket in the Dec. 17, 2012 Mega Millions draw. (California Lottery photo)
Late discovery leads to delivery driver claiming
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. 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.
SAN JOSE Two weeks of suspense over who won a $324 million lottery prize ended Friday with the announcement that a delivery driver who bought the winning ticket at an East San Jose gift shop finally stepped forward to claim his winnings.
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