A Modesto man's lucky hunch paid off when he won a $1,000 lottery prize and a much-larger $10 million prize a few tickets later.
California lottery officials say Rodney Meadows was out running errands on Nov. 23 when he decided to pick up some $30 California Lottery 30th anniversary scratcher tickets at a Modesto store. He won his initial $1,000 prize on the first ticket he bought.
KCRA-TV reports Meadows decided to buy three more tickets a minute later and that's when he scratched the ticket that made him a millionaire.
Meadows says he had to ask the store clerk to check his ticket at the machine because he couldn't believe he had won $10 million.
"First off, I could not believe it," Meadows told KCRA. "I had to ask the clerk at the store, and he said, 'You better check it again at the machine.'"
Meadows told KCRA that he typically buys around four to five lottery tickets per week, and it just so happened that luck struck him twice this time around.
"I said to [Meadows], 'I knew you were going to do it,'" frequent Fast Mart customer Joseph Trancoso told KCRA. "He plays compulsively everyday. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”
Meadows says he doesn't yet know how he'll spend his winnings.
Additional reporting by Mashable.
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