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Man with stage 4 cancer wins lottery, plans to take wife on dream trip

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A winning scratch-off lottery ticket has provided a ray of light for a North Carolina man who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Richard Beare of Charlotte is planning on taking his wife on a dream vacation and enjoying himself after claiming a $250,000 prize from a winning Carolina Black scratch-off ticket.

"I recently got diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer," Beare said in a news releasefrom the North Carolina Education Lottery. "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."

The retired auto mechanic is not a regular lottery player, but he stopped by a Quik Trip in Charlotte two weeks ago to buy some Powerball tickets because of the giant jackpot. He also decided to purchase four $5 Carolina Black lottery tickets.

"The fourth one was the winner," he said. "When I saw that I had matching numbers, I asked (the clerk), '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 will take home $176,876 after state and federal taxes.

"This feels great," Beare said. "It's such a relief."

Beare is the latest feel-good story to come out of the North Carolina lottery. In January, former presidential chef Roberto Mendoza also won $250,000 playing a scratch-off game, which he put towards funding a facility that feeds the homelessin a village in the Dominican Republic.

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Posted: April 3, 2019, 9:11 am - IP Logged

So happy for him and his wife.  Enjoy your trip.

Maybe consider a trip to MD Anderson in Houston for your stage 4 cancer, lots of new therapies on the horizon.

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    Fresno, California
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    Posted: April 3, 2019, 10:26 am - IP Logged

      Richard Beare and his wife have a chance to create wonderful memories.  God bless them both. 


      " Live Long and Prosper" Spock on Star Trek. A Vulcan.

      Marana AZ
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      Posted: April 3, 2019, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations, Richard.  I hope your cancer treatment is successful.  Two of my friends have/had Stage 4 liver cancer. and it's quite nasty  One died last month and the other is declining rapidly.  Use your win to treat yourself and your wife to a wonderful time and put your worries aside for a while.

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        Bergen County NJ
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        Posted: April 4, 2019, 6:49 am - IP Logged

        I'll take this story over a rich guy representing a group of anonymous investors any day.  Frankly this is one of my hopes, to leave some type of nest egg for my family.  It's sad but I'm glad he has the chance for some joy.

        Seems so simple: three digits, 168 to one odds when boxed... all you have to do is pick the right ones!

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          Posted: April 8, 2019, 6:13 pm - IP Logged

          Image result for Richard Beare, Charlotte, North Carolina

          Congrats to him.

          I pray that he beat liver cancer and enjoy his winnings! 

            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: April 9, 2019, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

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            Congrats to him.

            I pray that he beat liver cancer and enjoy his winnings! 

            I agree, congrats Richard and fight fight fight, you can beat it.