Commentary: When luck strikes you, there is no place to hide. Steve Tran of Northern California is the second winner of last month’s $648 million jackpot — the second largest in U.S. history.
Steve Tran was a truck delivery man and just happened to deliver some goods in the area of Jenny’s Gift Shop in San Jose where he had bought the lucky number ticket. He has chosen to remain anonymous at this time. According to the press release by the California Lottery officials, Tran put the winning ticket to a pile of other lottery tickets he had purchased in other towns on his delivery route. The pile wound up, “just sitting in my house, on top of my drawer,’” the release quoted Tran as saying.
Tran’s family then went on vacation without checking the tickets.
Tran told lottery officials after he returned from vacation, he “woke up in the middle of the night” and remembered: “I think I went to San Jose.” At 3 a.m. Monday, he checked his tickets and found the winner.
He told lottery officials he gave his wife a smile and a hug, and then called his boss.
Tran said he phoned his boss and left a message that went something like this: “I’m really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”
His luck also made the store owner of Jenny’s Gift Shop a lucky man with a reward of $1M for having sold the jackpot ticket.