Store owner who sold winning ticket to receive $1M

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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:58 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an eclectic, unassuming strip mall gift shop in Silicon Valley has earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing.

Jenny's Gifts and Kids Wear owner Thuy Nguyen says people are now calling his shop, "lucky Buddha."

Like Nguyen, most of his customers are immigrants from Vietnam or other Asian countries.

The former hairstylist who emigrated from Vietnam in the early 1990s said he expects a boost in business — not that he needs it — after selling a winning ticket for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

On Wednesday, the parking lot outside his store was crowded with more than a dozen television news vans.

The person who bought the winning ticket from Nguyen had not yet come forward.


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