He did it by buying one of the California Lottery's $1 million Fortune Scratchers tickets at Christie's Liquor at 3040 Foothill Blvd.
The La Crescenta retailer gets a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
California Lottery's Fortune Scratchers game is part of an effort to create more winners. Each ticket costs $10, but there are 21 chances to win. And odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.30. Odds of winning the $1 million are 1 in 1.2 million.
In Fortune Scratchers, match any of your numbers to any of the six winning numbers to win that prize. Uncover a "10X" to win 10 times or a "20X" to win 20 times that prize. Uncover a "WIN" symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically. Uncover a "100" in the "Fast Spot" and win $100.