Winning a lottery is a life-changing experience, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can also be overwhelming. There are some amazing lottery winner stories, where the winners made a positive difference, not only in their lives but in the lives of others.
So, if you are looking for some inspiration to buy your entry, we have compiled some heart-warming lottery winner stories for you.
1. Cowboy keeps on ranching after winning Powerball jackpot
23-year-old Neal Wanless was down on his luck in 2009, he was one of the poorest ranchers in Todd County, South Dakota. Not only was he behind on his property taxes but he could not do any repairs on his ranch. The cowboy had resorted to selling scrap metal to make extra cash.
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With nothing to lose and a Powerball jackpot to win, Neal took a risk and spent the little money he had on a Powerball entry. His lucky numbers were from the birth dates of his family members. The risk paid off as he won the US $232,100,000 Powerball jackpot.
The millionaire cowboy said that he will continue working on his ranch and used part of his winnings to help others in his community.
2. Single mother bags a life-changing Powerball jackpot
Children are a precious gift and being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs that one can have. Cynthia P. Stafford was blessed with five children that were a ray of sunshine in her life. But, as a single parent, she struggled to provide for her children, while also helping her father make ends meet.
Money was tight for the mother of five, she lived in a tiny apartment with her large family and struggled to pay her bills. She had dreams of one day winning the lottery, but not just any lottery, a US $112 million Powerball jackpot.
Since 2004, ‘US $112 million’ kept popping into Cynthia’s head and she started visualising winning that exact amount. To attract lady luck, she used numerous methods to try to increase her chances of winning the Powerball jackpot. It included sleeping with the number on a note under her pillow, meditating and imagining how it will feel like winning the Powerball jackpot.
She bought her Powerball entries a couple of times a month and used random numbers that popped in her head at the time.
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Amazingly, she walked away with the exact Powerball jackpot amount, US $112 million, after dreaming, meditating and visualising about it for three years. Cynthia is grateful for the law of attraction and prayer for winning the massive Powerball jackpot.
She used her winnings to sort out her family’s financial problems and also start her film business to pursue her dream career. Cynthia still buys her entries every week and dreams of being a rare multiple Powerball jackpot winner.
3. Mega Millions jackpot winners honour their parents with a splash park
This is one of those lottery winner stories that will make any parent proud.
John and Linda Kutey knew they had to honour their parents by giving back to the community when their office pool won the Mega Millions jackpot. So, after cashing in their US $19 million jackpot, they offered their help at the Green Island village hall.
They helped renovate a local park, including replacing an old pool with a modern spray park. The Kutey’s also donated the new equipment and everything needed to install it. Taxpayers did not fork out a cent for this spray park, which offers the children a place to cool off during those hot summer days.
The Mega Millions jackpot winners did spoil themselves - John quit his job in New York and he and his wife moved to a gorgeous house in Florida that shows off Linda’s Disney collection.
4. Family of Powerball jackpot winners comes together to improve their city
Pearl Mae Smith has always been a staunch believer in giving back to the community. It is an ideal she instilled in her seven children, who grew up working in community gardens and volunteering in soup kitchens. When the family scooped the US $429 million Powerball jackpot, they wanted to use their windfall to help those who are less fortunate.
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Their desire to give back to their community led them to start the Smith Family Foundation. The foundation funds grassroots organisations that aim to improve the lives of people in their hometown of Trenton, New Jersey. Its core priorities include education, neighbourhood development, Christian education, and supporting the youth and families in the Trenton area.
The huge US $429 million Powerball jackpot was evenly split amongst all the eight family members. But not all of them quit their jobs after their newfound wealth. One of Pearl’s daughters continued her work mentoring other women and now has the money to fund her project.
5. School teacher uses Powerball jackpot money to bring joy to children,
Les Robins, a high school teacher, found it a shame that children nowadays do not participate in activities he enjoyed as a child. These included camping, swimming, playing sports, and exploring the outdoors.
After winning a US $111 million Powerball jackpot, he founded his 226 acre Camp Winnegator to bring some joy to children. The camp has been operational for over a decade, offering an affordable place children can enjoy horseback rides, swimming and crafting.
6. A legacy of good works left behind by Florida lottery winner
If you are looking for one of those inspirational lottery winner stories that tugs at your heartstrings, here it is.
When Sheelah Ryan won US $52 million in a Florida lottery, it was the biggest jackpot won by an individual. As with previous lottery winners, Sheelah believed there was a reason why she won the money. And that reason was to help others, so she spent the last few years of her life giving it away.
She started The Ryan Foundation, a charitable organisation that offers aid to the underprivileged. Sheelah died of cancer six years after winning the lottery jackpot, but her foundation continued its charitable work. The foundation issues grants to organisations that build low-cost housing, offer aid to senior citizens and help to children in need of operations.
7. Powerball jackpot winners use their money to help fight the disease that killed their granddaughter.
Five years to the day their granddaughter, Makayla, died of a rare and incurable disease, Paul and Sue Rosenau bought their entry into the Powerball draw. An entry that won them the US $181.2 million Powerball jackpot and they already knew what they wanted to do with the money.
The millionaire couple opened The Legacy of Angels Foundation to promote awareness about the Krabbe Disease. It is a devastating degenerative disease that attacks the lining of the nerves, usually resulting in death within the first two years. The Krabbe disease affects one out of about 100,000 newborn babies and doesn’t receive funding compared to other common diseases.
Paul and Sue’s foundation helps to fund promising research into possible treatments and cures for this disease. The couple also serves on the foundation’s board of directors and they aim to save other families from the pain they endured.
8. Man gives away his entire lottery jackpot winning to help fight the disease that killed his wife
When most people win the lottery jackpot, they usually make plans to quit their job, buy a new house or car and also travel the world. Tom Crist had a different idea when he won the CA $40 million Canadian lottery jackpot. He donated all of his winners to help fight the diseases that killed his wife.
Two years before winning the massive lottery jackpot, Tom’s wife of 44 years lost her battle to cancer. He had savings to sustain him during his retirement and his adult children were doing well for themselves.
So, Tom decided not to keep his CA $40 million windfall for himself but donated it all to a cancer charity in Calgary.
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