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Second winner of $648 million jackpot comes forward in Calif.

California Lottery officials say the second of two winners of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot has come forward to claim the prize.

The California winner had a 3 a.m. epiphany this week that spurred him from sleep and had him fumbling through a pile of lottery tickets on his dresser.

"I remembered, I think I went to San Jose," Steve Tran of Northern California told lottery officials, who had publicized that a winning ticket for the Dec. 17 drawing was purchased at a gift shop in that city.

Tran, a delivery driver, checked his tickets, and the winner was "just sitting in my house, on top of my drawer," he told officials after turning in the ticket Thursday.

The $648 million jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The other winner, Ira Curry, is from Georgia and came forward to claim her prize Dec. 18. Lottery officials say she bought her winning ticket in Atlanta and opted to take the lump sum payment of about $120 million after taxes.

Tran, who did not say where he lives, said his family likes to visit San Jose because of the city's large Vietnamese population. While visiting the area to eat and shop, Tran bought 5 Quick Pick tickets from Jennifer's Gift Shop, owned by Thuy Nguyen.

Nguyen will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Tran told lottery officials that he saw media coverage that the winning ticket had been purchased in San Jose, but had forgotten about his purchase.

"Must be a lucky man," Tran said he thought.

Then he went on vacation, and forgot about the lottery.

It wasn't until his middle-of-the-night inspiration upon his return that Tran realized he had purchased tickets in San Jose.

Second winner of $648 million jackpot comes forward in Calif. 01/03/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 5:24pm]
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