A North Carolina man finishing up treatment for colon cancer recently won the lottery.
Ronnie Foster was on the way to his last round of chemotherapy when he stopped to pick up a scratch-off lotto ticket at a convenience store near his home in Pink Hill, a town 90 minutes southeast of Raleigh.
“I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo,” Foster told the NC Lottery.
Foster, who is a retired Department of Transportation worker, bought a $1 ticket and won $5. Then, he decided to try his luck again.
“At the last second, I decided to buy two tickets instead of one,” Foster said. As he scratched off the ticket, he got the surprise of his life—he had won $200,000.
“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.”
After taxes, Foster will take home $141,501. He says he plans to use the money to pay his medical bills and to put in savings.
“I have good insurance,” he said. “But there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier.”
Foster won the last top prize in the lottery’s Win It All promotion, which was scheduled to end in November. Money towards the lottery supports North Carolina’s educational programs such as school construction, scholarships, transportation, and the North Carolina Pre-K program. During the 2018-19 school year, the lottery raised over $708 for education programs in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.