"I had them each pick a number from one to 69," Gonzalez recalled. "And those were the numbers I played."
The five numbers selected by his family members all came up in the drawing, earning him a $1 million prize.
"I picked the Powerball number and that was the only one I didn't match," he said.
Gonzalez, who claimed his prize Monday, said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and help family members who assisted him with number suggestions.