The winner of a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket sold at a Clovis convenience store couldn't believe his good luck and fortune, the store owner said Tuesday.
"He didn't think it was real," said Butch Benjamin, owner of University Market, a convenience store and gas station at Shaw and Willow avenues.
Benjamin was not at his store Monday when Aaron Anderson bought the winning ticket – one of 31 million-dollar tickets printed for the California Lottery's $250 Million Cash Spectacular – but employees told Benjamin that Anderson was shocked.
"One of the employees was more excited than he was," Benjamin said.
In a lottery news release, Anderson, a self-employed father of one, said, "I thought it was a joke. I was numb and shaking." He said he had no immediate plans for spending his windfall.
Lottery officials would not make public Anderson's age or where he lives.
Efforts by The Bee to contact Anderson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
The winning ticket has created quite a buzz at the Clovis store, where Anderson is a regular, usually buying coffee and gas, Benjamin said.
"So many people are asking, 'Did it really happen?' " he said. "It's been real crazy here today."
Benjamin's store will get a $5,000 bonus for selling Anderson's winning ticket.
Cash Spectacular, launched on Sept. 30, is the lottery's first $10 scratcher game, said Elias Dominguez, lottery spokesman. In addition to the $1 million prizes, the game has other cash prizes.
Anderson was the fifth person to win $1 million in Cash Spectacular. A 21-year-old man bought the sixth winning ticket Tuesday in San Jose, Dominguez said.
Tim Kelly of Modesto was gassing up his pickup truck at University Market when he was told of Anderson's winning ticket.
"I should probably go buy one," Kelly said.
He did – but no luck.