We’re always writing about lottery jackpot winners and finding out just how they have spent their winnings. Whether it’s a luxury new vehicle or a magnificent new home and although its a conversation that never gets old I did come across a few lottery winners who did something rather amazing with his or her win.
Here are seven lotto winners and how they what make them so extra-ordinary. These lottery winners will definitely make you smile...
Back in 2011, John Kutey was one of the seven IT specialists that won the $319 million on Mega Millions. John’s share of the Mega Millions jackpot win was $28.7 million and he came up with a wonderful idea how he could dedicate an attraction to his parents. Now although some lottery winners would opt in to donate to an existing charity, John and his wife decided that there’s nothing better to see children laugh and play, so the couple donated a staggering $250,000 to build Spray Park in Green Island, New York. The park replaced the outdated park from the 1940’s and has attracted kids and parents alike ever since.
Bob Erb (The Herb)
Bob Erb is one of the controversial lotto jackpot winners who soar to fame by donating $1 million Dollars to 420 Day, an annual event that advocates marijuana legalisation after winning a staggering $25 million on the lottery.
It’s believed that after getting the munchies, Bob headed off to a local restaurant for a burger and fries. While at the restaurant he got into conversation and heard the owner’s story about his daughter’s cancer diagnosis. Bob ended paying with a $10,000 cheque and told him to keep the change, even though he ended up making his own burger as the owner was "so befuddled...real emotional" over the kind gesture. That’s just irie man.
In 2008 Jay Vargas won $35 million on Powerball and he was just 19 years old! Being a typical teenager, Jay loved sexy woman in bikinis and well if they were wrestling, all the better. It was no surprise to Jay’s friends and family that he spent a good portion of his winnings on a TV show called Wrestlicious, featuring gorgeous girls, in minute costumes wresting.
When this homeless man won $50,000 on a scratchie, he decided to do something absolutely amazing with it. Dennis who was living in a tent for almost two decades decided to stay right there and instead of spending his lotto win all on himself, he shared his win with other homeless people. Dennis also took himself off to the dentist. Dennis also went to visit his son, put some in savings, and maybe buy a new tent.
Emmarie Cross, who worked at the shop where the ticket was purchased, said "He’s a very, very nice guy. He's one of the sweetest people I've ever met. I've been telling everybody, this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."
Kirby and Marie Fontaine
Kirby and Marie Fontaine won $50 million in 2009 and as they believe that a small amount can go a long way, this couple have been constantly donating to charities ever since and they seem to be having a blast doing so.
Some of their donations include:
$50,000 to the Christmas Cheer Board
$50,000 to a homeless shelter
$50,000 to a food bank
$50,000 to an inner-city drop-in centre
$16,000 to an organisation that fulfils dreams of kids with life-threatening illnesses
$50,000 to the Salvation Army
At 84 years old, Gloria Mackenzie won a whopping $590.50 million on the Powerball jackpot. It was the largest individual pot ever won. Instead of living the high life, Ms Mackenzie gave back to the place she loved the most. Ms Mackenzie donated $2 million to fix the leaky roof of her hometown high school. Her daughter had been a teacher there for 39 years and all her kids had attended the school.
Allen and Violet Large
When the elderly couple won $11.2 million in 2010, they donated 98 percent of their newfound wealth to the Red Cross, churches, fire departments, and hospitals where Violet was treated for cancer. At the time, Violet told the press, "What you've never had, you never miss.
When it comes to giving back, everybody wins. Success in life is not about how much money you earn but about what you do for others.
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