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- Ronnie Foster, a retired Department of Transportation worker in North Carolina, won $200,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket on the last day of he was being treated for colon cancer.
- He was on the way to the doctor for his last round of chemotherapy when he bought a scratch-off ticket at a store in Pink Hill, North Carolina, southeast of Raleigh.
- Foster won $5 off a $1 ticket and bought two more tickets with his earnings. It was the second of the two that led him to win $200,000.
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Ronnie Foster’s day was already going well, but then it got great.
The retired Department of Transportation worker in North Carolina won $200,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket while on his way to his last colon cancer treatment.
As he made his way to his final round of chemotherapy, Foster stopped and purchased a scratch-off ticket at a store in Pink Hill, North Carolina.
Foster won $5 off a $1 ticket and bought two more tickets with his earnings. It was the second of the two that led him to win $200,000.
“I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo,” Foster told officials from the NC Lottery. “Winning this made it my lucky day.”
Foster said he didn’t believe he won until he gave it to the store’s clerk to scan.
“I saw all those zeroes and I froze,” Foster said. “When it showed, ‘Go to lottery headquarters,’ I started shaking. I couldn’t believe it.”
Foster claimed his winnings at the NC Lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Friday. After state and federal tax withholdings, he’s taking home $141,501.
He said he will use some of the money to pay for his medical bills, and plans to put some into savings.
“I have good insurance,” Foster said. “But there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier.”
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