Northern Californian comes forward to claim half of Mega Millions jackpot

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

Steve Tran of Northern California came forward Thursday afternoon, 16 days after officials revealed there were two winning jackpot tickets.

Tran said he called his boss and said he wouldn't come in to work "today, tomorrow or ever" after learning that he won the jackpot.

He told lottery officials he found the ticket to the Dec. 17 drawing in a pile on the top of his dresser earlier this week. The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and Mega ball 7.

The delivery driver did not say where he lives. He bought the winning ticket at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose. He said he likes to visit the city because of its large Vietnamese population.

The gift ship owner will receive $1 million.

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.

Tran did not say if he would take the lump sum payment.

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

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