March 19 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man said a suggestion from a friend led him to purchase his first-ever lottery ticket -- and win a $100,000 jackpot.
Anthony Lopez of Emmons told Minnesota Lottery officials he was at the Shell Food Mart in Albert Lea when he took a friend's suggestion to heart.
"A friend told me I should buy a lottery ticket," Lopez said. "He talked me into it."
The ticket Lopez selected, a $100,000 Crossword scratch-off ticket, turned out to be a $100,000 top prize winner.
Lopez said his beginner's luck hasn't turned him into a lottery devotee.
"I'll probably play once in a while, but not very often," he said.
The winner said he plans to use his windfall to pay off his father's car and buy a new vehicle for himself.