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California – California’s latest multi-millionaire wasted no time coming forward and claiming his massive $228.4 million jackpot! Vinh Nguyen walked into the California Lottery’s Hayward District office late Thursday afternoon with his winning Powerball ticket in hand.

Nguyen was the sole winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing matching the numbers 7, 14, 24, 41, 21 and the Powerball number 26.

While Nguyen said he did not wish to do media interviews, he did talk about what his life has been like for the mere 20 hours between Wednesday night’s draw and when he decided to claim his prize.

Nugyen, who works as a nail technician, told the California Lottery that like most Lottery players he was always hoping to win the jackpot. But when he realized he was the jackpot winner, Nguyen said “I read the numbers, I didn’t think I had won.”

Nguyen said he has been playing the Lottery for the last five years. He decides how much he spends every week depending on how well he does in tips at work. Nguyen spent $30 buying 15 Powerball tickets for Wednesday’s drawing. “I picked my own numbers for the ticket. They were all random. Whatever numbers come into my head I pick,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen told the California Lottery he has no plans for the money yet. “I just want to be a normal man,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen chose the annuity payment option which will give him the full $228,467,735 jackpot paid out over 30 years.

The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Dehoff’s Key Market, which is located at 500 South Norfolk Street in San Mateo. Dehoff’s Key Market will receive a retailer bonus of $1 million for selling the jackpot-winning ticket. “We don’t have final plans yet for the money. We have all kinds of improvements for the stores that we are always working on and we are discussing other things. This is a nice windfall since the margins in our business are so thin,” said Chris Dehoff, President of Dehoff’s Key Markets. The family-run chain of three stores has had a $10,000 winner in the past but nothing of this magnitude, according to Dehoff.

California – California's latest multi-millionaire wasted no time coming forward and claiming his massive $228.4 million jackpot! Vinh Nguyen walked into the California Lottery's Hayward District office late Thursday afternoon with his winning Powerball ticket in hand. Nguyen was the sole winner in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing matching the numbers 7, 14, 24, 41, 21 and the Powerball number 26.

San Mateo: Nail salon worker claims $228.4 million Powerball jackpot

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A photo of the winning Powerball jackpot sold in San Mateo on Sept. 24, 2014

SAN MATEO — A shopping center tucked away in a quiet corner of this city was suddenly inundated with reporters and curious bystanders Friday morning, drawn by the news that nail salon worker Vinh Nguyen had bought the winning $228.4 million Powerball ticket at a nearby grocery store.

The neon lights that normally glow invitingly in the windows of the salon remained dark Friday morning, its doors locked, blinds drawn, and reportedly closed until the dust settles. So reporters shifted their collective attention across the parking lot to Key Markets, where Nguyen recently purchased 15 tickets.

One of those tickets matched the winning numbers: 7, 14, 21, 24, 41, and Powerball number 26. The numbers, which Nguyen claimed to have pulled from the top of his head, garnered a $228,467,735 jackpot.

Nguyen stepped forward Thursday to claim the hefty sum, but he declined to have a news conference, and lottery officials released no information about him other than his name and occupation. Public records show Nguyen’s name is associated with Nails Resort at 1448 Cary Ave.

Nguyen, the sole winner in the Powerball drawing, chose the annuity payment option instead of a one-time payment, lottery officials said. According to lottery analysis site usamega.com, the annual payments would begin at about $3 million after taxes this year, then slowly escalate over the next 30 years, with the final payment being worth more than $9.5 million.

Key Markets, which is owned and operated by multiple generations of the same family, will pocket $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Friday morning, television vans camped outside between the salon and Key Markets, as reporters grilled shoppers about whether they knew the man whose life had just been changed.

Nguyen, in the meantime, kept a deliberate low profile, noting in a statement released by lottery officials that he did not wish to be interviewed. In the statement, he said he had been playing the Lottery for five years and did a double take after reading the winning numbers.

“I read the numbers; I didn’t think I had won,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen said he decides how much he spends every week depending on how well he does in tips at work. This week, he spent $30 buying 15 Powerball tickets for Wednesday’s drawing.

“I picked my own numbers for the ticket,” he told lottery officials. “They were all random. Whatever numbers come into my head I pick.”

At the Shoreview Shopping Center in San Mateo, some of Nguyen’s fellow business owners were marveling at all the attention for their neighbor.

Julianna Mo, who owns Press-On Cleaners two doors down from Nguyen’s nail salon, said she had no idea he had won until reporters started swarming the center.

Mo said she occasionally stopped at Nguyen’s salon to have her nails done. “Vince,” as many call him, has a great sense of humor, she said, and was very deserving of his big win.

Nguyen told the California Lottery he has no plans for the money yet. “I just want to be a normal man,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen became the third person in nine months to strike it rich with a ticket purchased in the Bay Area.

In April, B. Raymond Buxton bought the sole winning ticket for a $425 million Powerball jackpot at a Chevron station off Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas. In December, delivery driver Steve Tran bought a winning Mega Millions ticket worth $324 million from an East San Jose gift shop.

Staff writers Katie Nelson and Robert Salonga contributed to this report.

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