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N.C. restaurant owner wins third big lottery prize in two years

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The owner of a Greensboro fast-food restaurant is once again relishing his good fortune with the N.C. Education Lottery.

Ralph Havis, who owns Beef Burger, won $1 million playing 100X The Cash — his third big lottery win in less than two years, and the second in less than a month.

Havis bought the ticket early Tuesday morning and claimed his prize that afternoon. After choosing the lump sum payment of $600,000 and, after federal and state taxes were withheld, Havis received $415,506. He said he plans to share some of the prize with his employees and put the rest in the bank.

Havis' first big win was many moons ago, and has nothing to do with the lottery.  It's when he was with his soon-to-be wife, who has since passed away.

"She came in and ordered a fish sandwich. The whole time she stood in line, she was smiling. She was just so beautiful, it blinded me. I got her number from someone who knew her. I must have called her 50 times and she'd hang up on me," laughed Ralph, the 73-year-old longtime owner of the "Beef Burger" on Gate City Boulevard, as he remembered the early days with his wife, Alma. "She was my whole world. We took care of each other for 53 years. I never even looked at another woman. Why would I? She blinded me."

Alma died from complications from a stroke in January.

The two used to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for fun. Two years ago, Alma won $150,000.

In April, Ralph played the same scratch-off game, at the same location and won $150,000.

"I was like, 'Good God almighty.' Alma was my first thought. Always is. I know it was Alma and God shining down on me, I know it was," Ralph said with a tremble in his voice. "I'll be OK, but I'd give it all back with interest if I could have my Alma back."

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Posted: May 26, 2016, 10:17 am - IP Logged

Wow.

I love these stories.

CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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    Posted: May 26, 2016, 10:23 am - IP Logged

    What a great lottery story.  Now that's love.

    Never give up.  Banana

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      Posted: May 26, 2016, 11:25 am - IP Logged

      WTG Ralph! Thumbs Up

      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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        Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

        Halfway through this incredible story I started to choke up.  The last line had me bawling like a baby.  What a wonderful story!

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          Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

           when its ment to be its ment to be

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            Posted: May 26, 2016, 1:45 pm - IP Logged

            Wow, what a touching story.

            I'm at work - someone in the office must be cutting onions because my eyes are getting watery.

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              Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

              The lovely Alma Havis.

              alma havis

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                Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

                What a beautiful story...

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                  Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

                  Ok three top prizes in the same store, y'all better wake up nobody's that lucky, maybe he's the only person buying tickets at that store lol..

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                    rex ga
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                    Posted: May 26, 2016, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

                    Beautiful story...

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                      Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

                      Awesome story I must say

                      Creativity..

                      " What's more likely to happen will happen.. "

                      Million dollar operation 

                      Wink

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                        Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

                        Hands down the best lottery win story EVER!! And even though I'm not supposed to think it, I'm glad when it goes to someone who actually deserves it, in that he seems like a lovely person . Maybe a bit of a stalker in the beginning but otherwise a good and decent person. And nice of him to consider giving to his employees too.

                        I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                        The odds are about the same.

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                          Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:00 pm - IP Logged

                          There is no way in he!! he wins those jackpots without

                          dumping a $hit!oad of money on tickets etc.

                          The story makes it seem like he was a casual player.

                          That guy is a hardcore gambler.

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                            Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

                            We also had a 10 million dollar scratch off winner last week here in NC. I think he got like 4.1 mill after tax