RALEIGH, N.C. — After stopping to get an energy drink for a quick boost before work, Acxel Quiterio of Winston-Salem ended up with the boost of a lifetime!

It all started as a typical Tuesday, as the highway construction worker stopped by Mebane Food Mart in Mebane, NC and bought a LUCKY NO. 7 scratch-off.

“It’s part of my routine,” Quiterio said. “I always stop to get a Red Bull and a snack and then head to work.”

Quiterio scratched the winning ticket later that morning.

“When I saw the numbers, I could feel the tears coming on,” Quiterio said.

Acxel wasted no time and claimed his prize the same afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He chose to receive the lump sum of $600,000 and after taxes took home $424,503.

Quiterio says he plans to use the money to buy a new home for his family and to pay off his mom’s house.

“I just want to make sure everyone is taken care of,” Quiterio said. “This is such a blessing for me and my family.”

The $10 ticket launched in April with six top prizes of $1 million.

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