PANORAMA CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Marco Vega was craving Mexican sweet bread to go along with his McDonald's coffee, so he walked across the street to a Short Stop store on Van Nuys Boulevard to grab some.
Once inside the Panorama City store, he also bought a selection of California Lottery Scratchers. The first game Vega scratched was a non-winner, but on the $10 Mystery Crossword, he uncovered all 10 words needed to win the top prize of $750,000.
"I knew I'd won something, but not that much," Vega recalled with a laugh.
Vega said he usually just plays Scratchers games for fun and the most he's ever won before this was $120.
"It's always in the back of your head that you can win it big," Vega said. "I'm still in disbelief."
The win came at a great time for Vega, whose L.A. County house recently burned down.
He plans on using the winnings to help his family, including his mom, who lost her home to foreclosure.
Scratchers player wins $750K in Panorama City