PINK HILL, N.C. -- Ronnie Foster of Pink Hill, North Carolina, said winning a $200,000 lottery prize on the way to the doctor made his last cancer treatment a lot easier.
"I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo," said Foster, who's battling colon cancer. "Winning this made it my lucky day."
The retired department of transportation worker bought the lucky 'Win It All' scratch-off ticket at a gas station in Beulaville.
"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."
Foster scratched the first ticket and didn't win anything. Then he scratched the second one.
"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."
Foster claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.
Foster said he plans to use some of the money to pay his medical bills and save for the future.
"I have good insurance," Foster said. "But there is still some cost. This will make it a whole lot easier."