CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — State officials say a man recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer has won $250,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery.
News outlets report that the last of four Carolina Black tickets was a winner for Charlotte resident Richard Beare. The retired mechanic says he rarely plays the lottery and had only stopped at a QuikTrip because his wife asked him to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high.
However, it was the scratch-off ticket that got Beare the money. He admits he had to get the store clerk to explain how to play the scratchers. The game netted him $176,876 after taxes.
Beare also says in a statement that he plans to take his wife to Italy while he can still enjoy himself.
For Richard Beare of Charlotte, a $250,000 Carolina Black win means he can take his wife on a dream vacation to Italy. “My wife has always wanted to go to Italy, since that’s where her descendants are from,” he said. “Now I can take her.” Enjoy your trip! https://t.co/kFWuE7KBie pic.twitter.com/qprFEqSd9J— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) April 2, 2019