NC Lottery: Kenneth Schaefer of Wake County Won $100,000 prize

Raleigh, NC (STL.NewsKenneth Schaefer of Apex was killing time before work on Monday when he tried his luck on a few scratch-offs and won a $100,000 prize.

“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.”