CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — After work, Kirk Nyberg Jr. of New Bern stopped by the store for cigarettes, added a $5 scratch-off and won a $250,000 prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

“It’s a game changer for me,” Nyberg said.

Nyberg, a 35-year-old construction worker, bought his winning Mega Bucks Limited Edition ticket from the Speedway on N.C. 43 in Vanceboro.

He arrived to collect his prize Thursday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $177,526.

“I want to buy my mom a new car,” Nyberg said. “Probably a van for her grandkids.”

Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?

Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.

You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website