FREMONT -- If there ever was a time to be running out of gas, this was it.
His car running on fumes, Gaurav Sharma pulled into a Fremont gas station to fill up. When the pump required him to go inside to get his receipt, he purchased a lottery ticket. He'll likely never have to worry about gas money again.
The 34-year-old Fremont real estate agent scratched the first box of the ticket, and it said "Life," making him an eventual million-dollar man, according to the California Lottery.
The winning Lucky for Life ticket earns Sharma $1,000 a week for the next 25 years, adding up to $1.3 million by 2038, according to lottery officials.
Sharma, who declined an interview with this newspaper, told lottery officials his 8-year-old son reminded him that the warning light on the family car's fuel gauge was alight so he stopped at the Circle K at 34867 Ardenwood Blvd.
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