Mega-Surprise: $173 Million Winning Ticket

This winning ticket in the Mega Millions jackpot was sitting in the mystery winner's drawer for weeks.
3:00 | 01/04/14

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We're going to turn to the newest mega millions winner who forgot he bought the ticket until weeks later. He woke up in the middle of the night. Aditi roy on the kind of insomnia we'd all like. Reporter: This winning ticket in the mega millions jackpot was sitting in the mystery winners drawer for weeks. While lottery officials say he had no idea he won. Had a honking pile of tickets in a drawer, doesn't think about it. Reporter: He bought the tigts at jenny's gift shop in san jose. He's a frequent lotto player. He found news reports, and the official were looking for the winner. It wasn't until he came back, asleep, and wakes up with the realizatiot a minute, i was in san jose, checks the tickets and discovered that he is the multimillion dollar jackpot winner. Reporter: He is going for the lump sum of $173.8 million before taxes. Tran told lottery officials he left a message for his boss saying he won't be in tomorrow, next week or ever.

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