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Lenoir County cancer patient wins $200,000 instant prize

October 27, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:25 AM
Ronnie Foster of Pink Hill said winning a $200,000 lottery prize on the way to the doctor made his last cancer treatment a lot easier. 
“I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo,” said Foster, who’s battling colon cancer. “Winning this made it my lucky day.”
The retired Department of Transportation worker bought the lucky Win It All scratch-off ticket when he stopped at the Short Stop on Jackson Street in Beulaville on his way to the hospital. 
“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 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 have good insurance,” Foster said. “But there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier.”
Win It All launched in December 2018 and was scheduled to end in November. Foster won the last top prize. 


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8/12/2020 02:27 - Charles H.

I hope I get cancer, maybe then I'll win.NC Lottery
Hi there Charles, Who wins playing games of chance is a matter of random chance. The games and tickets don't make judgments about who is more deserving to win, it’s all luck. We meet lottery winners of all kinds, those who have a lot already and those who do not. It's important to remember that whether you've never played the lottery before, have played once before, or many times before --none of that affects your odds of winning.

11/14/2019 03:47 - Glendora W.


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10/30/2019 04:35 - Carolyn S.

God bless n good luck to all

10/30/2019 03:55 - Vickie J.

Congratulations to Mr. Foster on his win win. Continue to be blessed.

10/29/2019 08:34 - Isalene J.

I am so happy he won. Because I know what it means to have cancer I have stage 4 lung cancer. And I buy tickets to try and win . But never have yet. But still hoping.

10/28/2019 05:10 - Lisa S.

That’s the kinda story I love to hear

10/28/2019 11:33 - Ashley B.

Congratulations and may God continue to bless you!

10/28/2019 11:06 - Brenda S.

Fanastic. Best of luck.

10/28/2019 10:54 - John J.

Our Father in Heaven is the greatest God. His blessings come in many different forms. Be thankful and praise Him for them. Wish you the best in your fight against cancer.

10/28/2019 09:52 - Kamella R.

Those are the kind of wins that need to happen! What a blessing for you. Hope your recovery is going good. Take care.

10/28/2019 07:45 - Robert C.

You cant even be mad with this one.. Just found out my sis is stage 4 yesterday...Help a person and treat yourself a little. Life in thus realm is short lived..

10/28/2019 03:28 - Gary C.

Congratulations Ronnie!!! What a way to turn a good day into a great day!!

10/28/2019 03:00 - Mohamed M.


10/28/2019 12:51 - Kenneth F.

Congrats Ronnie... that's awesome! Must have been meant to be! Those tickets have already been pulled in my area.

10/27/2019 11:34 - Douglas H.

Awe!!!!!! We love it. God bless you with better healthy days ahead I’m so happy someone like you won so that it can ease some of what you have been going through. Congratulations

10/27/2019 11:08 - Tim M.

Congrats. A word of advice. IF you win a large prize, do NOT broadcast to everyone in the store that you won. It's not safe. I wouldn't even trust the clerk. A few years ago clerks were being busted left and right for scamming unwitting players out of their winnings. IF you don't know how to play, learn how. I wouldn't even scratch it at the store but would wait until I get home. The less people that know, the better. Safety first and common sense. NC Lottery
Always a good reminder to protect your play, Tim! Last year we completed retailer compliance checks and of those checks conducted between November 2016 and June 2018, our security team checked 247 retail locations in 47 counties and 108 cities and towns, and 245 passed.

10/27/2019 08:42 - Allene T.

Congratulations!! I wish you the best!!

10/27/2019 06:24 - Sheila I.

Congrats to you!!! What a win...

10/27/2019 04:49 - jerry p.

God bless you! I am very happy for you good luck in the future

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