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North Carolina man with stage four cancer buys winning lottery ticket

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 02, 2019
Richard Beare
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina man recently diagnosed with stage four liver cancer is planning to travel the world after winning a $250,000 jackpot.

“I rarely play the lottery,” Beare said. “I only stopped because my wife asked me to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high.”

Richard Beare didn’t win the big jackpot, but he also decided to get four scratch off tickets during his trip, with one of those tickets being the winner.

“When I saw that I had matching numbers, I asked her, ‘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.”

He took home a total of $176, 876 after withholdings, which he will use to take his wife on a trip to Europe.

“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,” Beare said.