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Raleigh lottery winner tucks ticket in wallet for two weeks

Posted October 31, 2013

Andre Bost claimed his winning lottery ticket after walking around with it in his wallet for two weeks, unaware of his fortune.
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— Andre Bost spent two weeks unaware that he had $216,400 in his wallet.

The Raleigh machine operator bought a Carolina Cash 5 lottery ticket Oct. 15 and didn’t realize he’d matched all five numbers until Tuesday, when he stopped at a convenience store to check his tickets.

“I had it with me the whole time and had no idea. It was so overwhelming. It was an unbelievable night. This whole thing just seems unreal,” Bost said in a statement released Thursday by the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Bost purchased his winning ticket at C Mini Mart on Poole Road. He arrived Thursday at the lottery office to claim his prize: $147,315 after taxes.

Bost said he plans to buy his wife a car, renovate their kitchen and put some of the money away as savings for his grandchildren.

“My wife has been with me for 27 years,” Bost said. “I’m really going to get a lot of joy out of watching her enjoy this money. She truly deserves it.”


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  • bmac813 Nov 1, 2013

    Gee, $69085. In Taxes.

  • mrr03 Nov 1, 2013

    Great going.!!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Oct 31, 2013

    LOL! I have NO children and that would be the last thing on my mind!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 31, 2013

    Happy for them.

    Don't blow it all now. Save some for a rainy day.

  • icdumbpeople Oct 31, 2013

    Love to see someone like this win! good story!

  • Danny919 Oct 31, 2013

    That is wonderful!!!!

  • curiousgeorgia Oct 31, 2013

    Yay! I love it!!

  • Billy the Kid Oct 31, 2013

    Oh, man! That's great. Congrats!

  • nralgreen Oct 31, 2013

    Love to see people like this win. Seems like a genuinely nice man.

  • ksh33 Oct 31, 2013

    Hi, I am your long lost cousin:) Enjoy! Sounds like a good man won it!