I hope at least he got a winning ticket. Anything at least to make that visit worthwhile.
I just don't gas up at night. Not anywhere, including when I am traveling. I time my last fill-up before sundown and always in a busy station. Gas stations and ATMs are both mugger magnets. You are a captive to your task. You cannot leave until you finish the task and you are a ready victim while you are performing it. In the case of ATMs, the mugger is almost certainly guaranteed to get money too.