Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, a man from Newport won $40,000 playing the “Rhode Island Super Loteria” Instant Game, according to the Rhode Island Lottery.

The man, who wasn’t identified, told Rhode Island Lottery that he and his wife will use the money towards a honeymoon, as they got married during the COVID-19 pandemic, and still haven’t gone anywhere.

He purchased the winning ticket at Cumberland Farms, 1812 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. 

Additionally, last evening’s Daily Numbers drawing resulted in a $25,000 win. The winner from Providence, wagered $1 on five 4-digit straight bets at Capital Gulf, 201 Smith St., Providence, to win $5,000 on each.  He told Rhode Island Lottery that he might take a vacation with his winnings.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.