Second time's the charm for the man who earlier this month won $1 million in California Lottery money at a Van Nuys liquor store.
Construction worker Santos Martinez went into Liquor Louie's on June 10 intending to buy a single "$20 Scratchers" ticket, but a store clerk advised him to buy two $10 tickets instead, according to the California Lottery.
Martinez took the advice, scratched off both at the store, and hit the jackpot on his second try.
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"It was amazing. I didn't realize I had won a million dollars until my friend told me after he double-checked the ticket," Martinez said through a Spanish interpreter.
Martinez said he wants to put his winnings toward building a house.
Liquor Louie's, located at 133 Sherman Way, will receive $5,000 for having sold the winning ticket. As a thank-you for the winning advice, Martinez plans to give something to the store clerk as well.