VISALIA, Calif. -- A man won $10 million after he asked a clerk to help him pick out a scratch-off lottery ticket at a gas station in Visalia.
Brent Young says he was having trouble picking which game to play when he asked a clerk to help him choose at Prince Food & Gas.
"I was like just pick whichever one; I didn't care," Young told the California Lottery.
The clerk picked out a ticket for the California 200X game and Young bought it.
When Young started scratching the ticket, he looked down to see $10,000,000 in bold numbers, uncovering the top prize for the game.
Young says he usually buys lottery tickets at another gas station but it was closed that day.
"I had no choice but to go to Prince's. My usual stop was closed. If it had been open, none of this probably would have happened," Young explained.
He decided to take a lump sum prize of $5.8 million so there would be less federal taxes.
The owner of Prince Food & Liquor also collected a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Now, with signs about the win posted outside the store, other lottery players are hoping they'll win big as well.
"I just hope to win something," said Kathy Anderson, a Visalia local.
Anderson said she buys lottery tickets regularly.
While she wins a little money here and there she's hopeful buying tickets at Prince Food and Gas in Visalia on Friday will be the day she wins a big prize.
"You just don't ever think that would happen in here when it's happening," said Anderson. "It's exciting. Just makes you want to go get one too."
The odds of winning a $10 million ticket are one in more than three million.
According to the California Lottery website, there are nine total winning California 200x tickets and five have already been sold.