A nail technician who played the lottery for years by using nickels and dimes from tips at the salon he works at is now a multi-millionaire several times over.
Vinh Nguyen claimed his $228.4 million jackpot after buying the winning Powerball ticket at a small bodega in San Mateo, California.
Nguyen was the only winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing matching the numbers 7, 14, 24, 41, 21 and the Powerball number 26.
The winning ticket: Vinh Nguyen won $228 million +5
The winning ticket: Vinh Nguyen won $228 million
Upon first reading the lucky numbers, he did not think that he had won. His first thought, according to the lottery staff he spoke to: ‘I read the numbers, I didn’t think I had won.’
Nguyen declined media interviews and very few additional details have been released about his ages or where he is from.
Lottery officials have revealed that Nguyen has been playing the lottery for the last five years and adjusting the amount depending on how much he would make in tips each week.
Nguyen spent $30 buying 15 Powerball tickets for Wednesday’s draw.
He decided on the ‘annuity payment option,’ which will give him the full $228,467,735 jackpot paid out over 30 years.
Sharing the wealth: The owners of the store Jack and Nancy Dehoff also receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket +5
Sharing the wealth: The owners of the store Jack and Nancy Dehoff also receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket
The amount works out to be about $138,000,000 spread out over three decades after taxes.
He said that he did not have any particular strategy for picking his numbers.
‘They were all random,’ Nguyen said. ‘ Whatever numbers come into my head I pick.’