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$250,000 lottery prize means a dream trip to Italy for Charlotte cancer patient

April 1, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:56 PM

Richard Beare of Charlotte is planning to travel the world after he won a $250,000 lottery prize.

“I recently got diagnosed with stage four liver cancer,” Beare said. “I want to travel while I can still enjoy myself. My wife has always wanted to go to Italy, since that’s where her descendants are from. Now I can take her. ”

Beare’s good fortune happened two weeks ago when he stopped at the Quik Trip on North Tryon Street in Charlotte to get a Powerball ticket.

“I rarely play the lottery,” Beare said. “I only stopped because my wife asked me to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high.”

The retired automotive mechanic decided to get some scratch-off tickets while he was there. He asked the clerk for four Carolina Black tickets.

“The fourth one was the winner,” Beare said. “When I saw that I had matching numbers, I asked her, ‘What does it mean if I match the numbers?’ She said it meant I won a prize. I told her, ‘Well, I guess we just won $250,000 then.’ She was in shock and just kept looking back and forth to me and the ticket.”

Beare claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $176,876. 

“This feels great,” Beare said when he got the check. “It’s such a relief.”

The $5 ticket launched in March with four top prizes of $250,000. Two top prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like Carolina Black make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $61.9 million in lottery funds made a difference in Mecklenburg County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  


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4/15/2019 11:26 - Schmeka w.

Congrats but I'm confused why is it the last 3 winners have been from Charlotte there was winners on April 1,3 and 11 all won on scratch off tickets do I need to move to Charlotte to Become a Bout WinnerNC Lottery
Hi Schmeka, We've had many big winners over the past few weeks, and while some have been from Charlotte several have been from other areas of the state. If you were to move to Charlotte you would have exactly the same chance of winning a prize as you do now -- you'd just have more neighbors also taking a chance to win. No matter where you where in the state you live, it takes a lot of luck to win a prize!

4/02/2019 02:23 - Gerry M.

Hi Rb, I hope you & your wife really enjoy yourselves. Peace & love be with you both.

4/02/2019 11:16 - Mary G.

Absolutely wonderful! Hope you and your wife create some awesome memories there!

4/02/2019 11:02 - Nedrea B.

May GOD Bless you and your entire family and keep in perfect peace!! AMEN

4/02/2019 10:45 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Mr. Beare, I hope you have a great trip!

4/02/2019 07:15 - Andrew M.

Awesome story. Enjoy your dream trip sir!

4/02/2019 06:07 - Wendy J.

This is awesome!!prayers for you and your family!!so glad you won (I still wanna win something, however, I think I’m just as happy for you)

4/02/2019 06:03 - Jennifer W.

Congratulations ??????

4/01/2019 09:27 - Luthelia M.

God REALLLY does work in mysterious ways. I wish Mr. & Mrs. Beare a wonderful trip to Italy.

4/01/2019 09:10 - Spenser G.

tear jerker ;( congratulations, sir! I really hope you enjoy your trip to Italy! It's gorgeous over there

4/01/2019 09:00 - Willie B.

i just love it that he won !!!!don't know him at all i live in hendersonville, n.c.

4/01/2019 06:35 - Brent W.

Congratulations Well Deserved

4/01/2019 05:50 - Deshanna Nicole G.

That’s such a nice story and congrats to you and may you enjoy your blessings.

4/01/2019 05:46 - kionna j.


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