Feb. 20, 2014 – The winner of Wednesday night’s $425 million Powerball jackpot remains unidentified , but reporters have descended on the Chevron gas station where the winning ticket was sold to interview the lucky retailers.
And, in a surprising coincidence, that Chevron gas station sits in a what has recently been a hotbed of lucky lottery players.
Just 12 miles away is Jenny’s Gift Shop, the lottery retailer that in December sold one of two winning tickets that spit the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, a $648 million prize.
The other jackpot winning ticket from that Dec. 17 drawing was sold in Georgia. Winner Ira Curry claimed her prize from the Georgia Lottery less than 24 hours after hitting the jackpot, while the California jackpot winner took a few weeks to come forward.
Why? Because the California winner, Steve Tran, forgot about his ticket.
Tran told reporters after coming forward that he woke at 3 a.m. weeks after the drawing, finally remembering that he’d bought a ticket during a trip to San Jose.
Somewhat similar is the current situation at the Chevron gas station where Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot winner was sold. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Kulwinder Singh, who owns the Chevron, still has no idea that the winning ticket was sold at his store.
For selling the winning ticket, Singh will receive a $1 million commission from the lottery, but as he was traveling to India he likely won’t hear of his own good luck for at least a few hours.
Reporters spoke with Singh’s son Parmeet Thursday morning, who told Mercury News that his father “has no idea.”
“It’s going to be something to hear: ‘Hey, you won $1 million,'” Singh said.