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

May 26, 2016, 10:11 am

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North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. restaurant owner wins third big lottery prize in two yearsRating:

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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rcbbuckeye's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
United States
Member #55887
October 23, 2007
10473 Posts


I love these stories.



    LiveInGreenBay's avatar - driver
    Green Bay
    United States
    Member #169386
    October 15, 2015
    2542 Posts

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

    Never give up.  Banana

      Raven62's avatar - binary
      New Jersey
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      Member #17842
      June 28, 2005
      132330 Posts

      WTG Ralph! Thumbs Up

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

      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

      Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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        July 25, 2015
        118 Posts

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

          hearsetrax's avatar - alien on_computer.jpg

          United States
          Member #52343
          May 21, 2007
          3290 Posts

           when its ment to be its ment to be

            HollyGolightly's avatar - nw shadow.jpg
            United States
            Member #155031
            May 6, 2014
            412 Posts

            Wow, what a touching story.

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

              golfer1960's avatar - Lottery-003.jpg
              Eatontown, NJ
              United States
              Member #119666
              November 29, 2011
              850 Posts

              The lovely Alma Havis.

              alma havis

                Saylorgirl's avatar - Lottery-065.jpg
                United States
                Member #129221
                June 13, 2012
                592 Posts

                What a beautiful story...

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                  RALEIGH nc
                  United States
                  Member #166113
                  May 6, 2015
                  14 Posts

                  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
                    United States
                    Member #160371
                    October 26, 2014
                    10 Posts

                    Beautiful story...

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                      July 5, 2015
                      1828 Posts

                      Awesome story I must say


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

                      Million dollar Ops.


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                        United States
                        Member #142495
                        May 13, 2013
                        1391 Posts

                        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 too would prefer Cersei Lannister to Tiny Hands. She always pays her debts, hasn't filed 6 bankruptcies and is educated enough to know Nambia isn't a country.


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                          Member #160350
                          October 25, 2014
                          102 Posts

                          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.


                            United States
                            Member #149816
                            December 9, 2013
                            644 Posts

                            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