Delivery man is missing US Mega Millions winner

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A delivery truck driver has come forward to claim his half of a US$648 million (S$820 million) jackpot, the second largest in United States (US) history, lottery officials said on Friday.

Mr Steve Tran bought five tickets in San Jose, California, ahead of the hotly anticipated Dec 17 Mega Millions sweepstakes - but then promptly forgot about them.

Until, that is, he woke up in the middle of the night on Monday and checked his stash to discover he had become a multi-millionaire.

The winning numbers were eight, 20, 14, 17, 39 and Mega Ball seven.

Mr Tran will split the hefty sum with fellow winner Ira Curry Georgia, who used the birthdates of family members as the basis for selecting her winning numbers.

Before federal taxes, the cash equivalent for each ticket is US$173.8 million, according California Lottery.

Mr Tran, who has 60 days to select a payment option for his new fortune, told lottery officials he planned to take an extended vacation.

And his future likely will not include making deliveries.

"I'm really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don't think I'm going to come in today, tomorrow or ever," Mr Tran told his employer, according to a California Lottery statement.

The jackpot is the second largest in US history. The record US$656 million was shared by three Mega Millions ticket holders in March 2012.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 of the 50 US states.

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