$400M Powerball Jackpot Boosts Business at Lucky San Jose Store

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    NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith reports from San Jose, where people are hoping luck can strike twice at a certain shop. (Published Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014)

    A winning San Jose lottery retailer is busy Wednesday with customers hoping to strike it rich on a $400 million Powerball jackpot.

    Thuy Nguyen, the owner of Jennifer’s Gifts, says business is up by 30 percent ever since a $324 million Mega Millions ticket was purchased at his store on Tully Road last December.

    It was one of two big tickets. The other was sold in Georgia.

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    All day Wednesday, Powerball players were streaming into the gift shop, hoping some of that good luck would rub off on them.

    “I’m just hoping for lightning to strike twice,” customer Ivan Solidum said.

    Nguyen said his cut for selling that winning ticket was about a million dollars, but after taxes, it came much less, so he hasn’t made any big purchases.

    “Nothing fun,” Nguyen said. “I’m looking for a house right now, but a house costs so much more than I thought.”

    Nguyen said his sister now helps him around the store to accommodate for the increase in business.

    The name of the store has changed from Jenny’s Gifts, which is the name it came with when he bought it. It’s now Jennifer’s Gifts. Jennifer is Nguyen’s daughter’s name.