Saturday December 28 2013 – The Californian winner of the Mega Millions jackpot on December 17 has remained elusive over the Christmas period after another week passes without the winner claiming their half of the $648 million jackpot.
The first half of the jackpot, won by Georgia resident Ira Curry, was claimed within hours of the draw taking place. After claiming her share of the prize in a one off cash lump sum equating to approximately $123 million after taxes, Curry and her family promptly disappeared from the public eye, which meant the attention turned back to the mysterious Californian winner.
However, despite copious media attention from across the world, the winner has yet to materialise. Even Jennyâ€™s Gift Shop owner Thuy Nguyen, who received $1 million for selling the winning ticket from his San Jose store, is getting tired of waiting.
â€œI know everybody wants to find out, but I don’t know. I want to know who won, too. But it’s up to that person about what to do. I just sold the ticket,â€ Nguyen told reporters from MercuryNews.com today.
Despite initially embracing the media attention which descended on the store ten days ago, Nguyen is now growing weary of the constant attention which is bringing â€œa lot of dramaâ€ to his life. However, there can be no doubt that all this has been excellent for the storeâ€™s business. Security guard Mel Cruz told local reporters that people from as far away as Sacramento and Salinas have been visiting the store to see if the lottery luck pays off for them too.
However, while Nguyen and his team may be getting impatient with the constant attention, they are mindful that they are experiencing just a fraction of what the Mega Millions winner will eventually receive.
â€œThere is no hiding,â€ explained CA Lottery spokesperson Russ Lopez. â€œThere is no anonymity. There is no claiming a prize as a trust. You will be known.â€ Despite these ominous words, Lopez went on to reassure the winner that they will receive the full support of the CA Lottery once they are ready to claim.
â€œJust come forward, let us help you with the initial madness, and then start the next chapter of your new life. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.â€