Fifth Ward Liquor

(Photo of Fifth Ward Liquor)

For the second time this month, someone from Newport has won big on a RI Lottery Instant Scratch Ticket. On December 8th, a Newport Man Wins $35,000 on Instant Ticket, Plans on Opening a Juice Bar in Newport.

In a press release on December 14th, RI Lottery shared the following good news;

A Newport man had 20,000 reasons to smile this morning when he cashed in a $20,000 winning Instant Ticket. During his weekly routine, he bought a “1,000,000 Scratch” Instant Ticket and won $20,000! The winner mentioned to Lottery staff that the most he’d won prior was $500. In his excitement, he said he’s going to have “a very good Christmas.” He plans to use the money won for holiday shopping. The winning ticket was sold at Fifth Ward Liquor, 695 Thames St., Newport.

As of December 14, 2015, the “$1,000,000 Scratch” Instant Ticket has one (1) $1 million prize and thirteen (13) $20,000 prizes remaining.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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