“I left the house early because I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I ended up at the gas station just to kill some time before work.”
Schaefer purchased his lucky $20 ticket from the Circle K on West Williams Street in Apex.
“This was the last ticket that I was gonna buy,” recalled Schaefer. “I bought the one previously before it that I hit $20 on and I said, ‘Okay, this is gonna be it. Either I win on this one or I go to work.’ And when I hit it, I just started crying.”
Schaefer claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,756.
“It’s definitely going to change my life,” said Schaefer. “I’ve got a couple of bills to pay off and then I’ll set aside some money to take my kids on vacation after COVID.”