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Store owners react to news of selling winning lottery tickets

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 01:25

Dec. 18 - Two lottery merchants at opposite sides of the country opened up their shops a little richer, after selling the two winning Mega Millions tickets. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Lottery merchant Thuy Nguyen opened up his San Jose, California gift shop a million dollars richer Wednesday morning. That's the maximum commission he gets for selling one of two winning tickets to Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing. The estimated $636 million jackpot was the second largest in U.S. history. SOUNDBITE: Thuy Nguyen ANSWERING REPORTER'S QUESTION "What did your wife say to you?" "She proud of me, hugged me all night. (Laughs)" Clear across the country, Atlanta newsstand owner Sue Lee is just as overwhelmed. Her daughter called to say a news report announced that their store sold the winning ticket. SOUNDBITE: Sue Lee, Owner of Gateway Newsstand, SAYING: "Maybe, so I check in the Internet, the address, I say that's my store!" Back in San Jose, the father of three, who says he came to the U.S. from Saigon, Vietnam twenty years ago, has no plans to retire anytime soon. SOUNDBITE: Nguyen ANSWERING REPORTER'S QUESTION "Why didn't you stay home today?" "I think my life still long, still long, I have a lot of time to do whatever, you know?" He probably never imagined then he would one day sell a winning lottery ticket and share a little of the Mega Millions dream. SOUNDBITE: Nguyen ANSWERING REPORTER'S QUESTION "So is this the American dream?" "It's the American dream, yes."

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Store owners react to news of selling winning lottery tickets

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 01:25