The day that someone finds out they have a life-threatening disease, their entire life can come to a standstill; every dream they had is put on hold and every moment they spend with their loved ones is cherished a little bit more. As the days go by, walking in and out of hospitals, they are forced to face their worst fears. One man, who made it to the other end of his battle against cancer, found a dash of luck waiting for him to take home.
Ronnie Foster, from Pink Hill, North Carolina, was told that he had colon cancer in January 2019. And the very next month he underwent surgery for the same. From the month of April, the retired Department of Transportation employee has been making regular visits to the hospital for chemotherapy treatment, as reported by CBS News. After several rounds of chemotherapy, Ronnie finally made it to the last leg of his journey with cancer.
Ronnie also had the habit of buying scratch-off lottery tickets. He would often buy these $1 or $2 tickets from a convenience store in Beulaville, North Carolina.
When the man was on his way to his very last round of chemotherapy, he decided to make a stopover at the convenience store and he bought himself a lottery ticket, according to ABC News. “I bought a $1 ticket and won $5,” Ronnie said. He decided to use the $5 that he won for another ticket, but at the last minute, he had a change of heart. He said, “I decided to trade it in for a $5 ticket. At the last second, I decided to buy two tickets instead of one.”
The first ticket got him nothing, according to CNN. But when he scratched the second one, he realized that he wasn’t just going to be celebrating the end of his cancer treatment that day.
“I saw all those zeroes and I froze,” Ronnie said, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery press release. The lottery ticket that he had just bought for $5 had won him $200,000.
It was so surreal that he didn’t believe it at first. “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 said.
By the end of that day, Ronnie went back home with his chemotherapy done and with $141,501 in his hands, after the taxes were cut.
“I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo,” said Ronnie. “Winning this made it my lucky day.”
While there’s no telling if him winning the lottery was a sign, he believes that he may have just been “at the right place at the right time”. Talking about the timing of it all, the story only gets better.
The ticket that Ronnie bought by chance was the “Win it All” ticket that started being sold in December 2018. However, the sale of that particular ticket was meant to be stopped by November 2019. So, the prize that Ronnie took home was the last and final one of the “Win it All” ticket.
A lot of people, diagnosed with severe medical conditions, end up slitting through their finances and life savings to pay off their medical bills. Luckily, Ronnie has won himself something that will lessen his financial burden.
“I have good insurance,” Ronnie said in the press release. “But there is still some cost.” He plans to use the rest of the money to buy himself a lawnmower, maybe a new car as well, and put some into his savings. Now that he’s done with his final round of chemo, the fortunate man said, “This will make it a whole lot easier.”