Lottery winner who bought ticket in San Jose identified

Steve Tran of Northern California bought the winning $324 million Mega Millions ticket in San Jose.
January 3, 2014 8:42:22 PM PST
The person who bought the Mega Millions jackpot-winning ticket in San Jose has finally claimed his $324 million prize. He has been identified as Steve Tran of Northern California. He arrived late Thursday afternoon at the California Lottery's Sacramento District Office.

On the Saturday before the draw, Tran stopped by Jennifer's Gift Shop on Tully Road in San Jose and bought five Quick Pick tickets. Tran said he added that ticket to a pile of other lottery tickets he had purchased in multiple other towns while making his runs as a delivery driver. Tran said the tickets ended up sitting on a drawer at his house.

Around 3 a.m. Monday he woke up and remembered he had stopped in the store. After discovering he had won, his wife gave him a smile and a massive hug. He told other family members and also called his boss and quit his job.

Shop owner Thuy Nguyen doesn't think he knows who Tran is. Nguyen is a million dollars richer for selling the $324 million ticket. He's hopeful it's not a one-time event.

The other winner, Ira Curry, is from Georgia and came forward to claim her prize Dec. 18. Lottery officials there say she opted to take the lump sum payment of about $120 million after taxes.

The jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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