A British Columbia man who collected a lottery jackpot of more than $500,000 said he has some unexpected rain and his son's appetite to thank for his good luck.

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Bernard Scrivener of Anmore told British Columbia Lottery Corp. officials he made an unplanned stop at the Petro-Canada gas station Coquitlam to buy a snack for his son when the boy's football practice was rained out.

Scrivener said he decided to buy a pair of Set for Life scratch-off tickets, and he scratched the tickets off once he was back at home.

The surprised player said he revealed the game's $519,156 top prize on the first row of his first ticket. He drove back to the convenience store to scan his ticket and confirm the prize.

"It was a pleasant surprise," the winner said.

Scrivener said most of the money will go into savings, but some of it will be used to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.