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Man battling cancer wins $200,000 lottery on his last day of chemotherapy

Oct 28, 2019, 7:41 am

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The North Carolina lottery commission shared a heartwarming story about a cancer survivor who got lucky in more ways than one after snagging a winning scratch-off ticket.

Ronnie Foster, of Pink Hill, North Carolina, found out that he'd won a $200,000 lottery prize as he made his way to his final cancer treatment, according to the NC Education Lottery.

"I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo," Foster, who's battling colon cancer, said in a statement Sunday. "Winning this made it my lucky day."

Foster, a retired Department of Transportation worker, said he bought the winning ticket at a Short Stop convenience store Beulaville while 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."

He said he couldn't believe his eyes when he found out that he'd won.

"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."

He ended up taking home $141,501 after taxes, according to the commission.

When asked about what he planned to do with his winnings, Foster said wants to use the money to help pay his medical bills and save the rest.

"I have good insurance," Foster said. "But there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier."

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
Fresno, California
United States
Member #157851
August 2, 2014
3915 Posts
Posted: October 28, 2019, 10:13 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to Ronnie Foster!  $141,501.00 is definitely a blessing in his life. Excellent timing.

 Good to see a Cancer survivor. This win will help him in many ways.

 Thanks Todd!

 "We are all in this together!" 

    cddvd's avatar - okxZlBR
    Member #195694
    February 4, 2019
    227 Posts
    Posted: October 28, 2019, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

    So happy for the "Lucky" guy!

      sully16's avatar - sharan
      United States
      Member #81738
      October 28, 2009
      75596 Posts
      Posted: October 29, 2019, 6:30 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to him, hope he stays healthy.

      Hi LP family, won't be posting for a couple days, Hurt my right arm.

        United States
        Member #59352
        March 13, 2008
        5626 Posts
        Posted: October 29, 2019, 8:10 am - IP Logged

        Now that's what I call an optimist, fighting cancer and playing the lottery.



          ohiopick3's avatar - Lottery-063.jpg
          United States
          Member #3023
          December 14, 2003
          4246 Posts
          Posted: October 29, 2019, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

          Very nice hit!

          Yes, I hope he stays healthy and enjoys his new found fortune!