Southeastern Louisiana University student Wesley Pfeiffer, age 23, was pleasantly surprised early Sunday morning when he took a break from studying to check the winning Powerball numbers and realized he won $10,000. 

"It was about 2:30 in the morning when I checked the numbers," said Pfeiffer. "I just couldn't believe it!" 

Pfeiffer, who is currently studying criminal justice and hopes to go to law school, plans to use his winnings to pay bills and paint his truck. 

Circle K #9736 on North Highway 190 in Covington sold Pfeiffer his winning ticket, which he claimed at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.

Pfeiffer's ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers drawn and the red Powerball number to win $10,000. The winning numbers for the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing were 18-20-34-36-39 and the Powerball number was 19.

Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help. For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.