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Mega Millions winner: Forgot he played when he won $324 million

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Steve Tran, whose occupation has been driving a truck in Northern California, was much like others who have been waiting to see who the second winner of the $648 million Mega Millions prize was on Dec. 17 – and being somewhat curious as to why the winner hadn’t stepped forward yet, according to an ABC News report on Friday.

As one may recall, after the huge jackpot drawing on Dec. 17, one person from Georgia said she had one of the two winning tickets. For weeks, no one said they had a second ticket that was sold with the winning numbers to split the $648 million prize money. All that lottery officials knew was that the ticket was purchased in San Jose, California at Jenny’s Gift Shop.

Sure enough, Tran had the second ticket sitting on top of his drawer in his house in a stack of losing lottery tickets. He had forgotten that he had bought a ticket for that game in San Jose. Apparently, being on the road so much, it can be tough to remember where you were when you played one game or another.

Tran said that one night, recently, he woke up in the middle of the night and was thinking that he might have gone to San Jose. He checked the ticket on the drawer and then woke his wife with the great news. A few hours later, he called his boss and left a message on a voicemail saying, “I’m really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”