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Lenoir County man wins $200,000 on the way to his last cancer treatment

Posted October 27, 2019 8:18 a.m. EDT

— Ronnie Foster has been battling colon cancer. On the way to an appointment to receive his last round of chemotherapy last week, he bought a lottery ticket.

Foster, a retired North Carolina Department of Transportation employee from Pink Hill, stopped at the Short Stop on Jackson Street in Beulaville to buy the lucky Win It All scratch-off ticket for $1.

“I bought a $1 ticket and won $5,” Foster said. “I decided to trade it in for a $5 ticket. At the last second, I decided to buy two tickets instead of one.”

Foster said he scratched the first ticket and didn’t win anything. Then he scratched the second one.

“I saw all those zeroes and I froze,” Foster said. “I didn’t believe it until I gave it to the clerk at the counter to scan. When it showed, ‘Go to lottery headquarters,’ I started shaking. I couldn’t believe it.”

Foster claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501. Foster said he plans to use some of the money to pay his medical bills and save for the future.

“I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo,” Foster said. “Winning this made it my lucky day. I have good insurance, but there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier.”

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