He pulled into a Roseville gas station. He left $5 million richer

An Antelope man drove away from a Roseville gas station $5 million richer, thanks to a lucky lottery ticket.

Charles Leath, 54, was on his way to an appointment earlier this month when he pulled into an Arco station at 2998 Foothill Blvd. in Roseville, according to a California Lottery news release. A driver for a ride-sharing service, he wanted to make sure his tank was full before chauffeuring customers around following his meeting.

After gassing up his car, Leath went inside the adjacent am/pm convenience store and noticed a new California Lottery game called Hit It Big Scratchers. His $20 ticket proved to be worth 250,000 times what he paid for it.

When asked by lottery officials what he would use his newfound riches on, Leath responded, “I’ll be able to do a little more of the things I want to do, like travel.”

California Lottery also gave the am/pm store owner a $25,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel