(Comments Competition) PlayHugeLottos.com takes a look at some lottery winners who have used their lottery wins for helping others including improving their local community, donating prosthetic limbs and supporting local sports facilities.
One of the best things about winning the lottery is the luxurious lifestyle you will now be able to lead. But an extravagant house, paying off debt and taking an amazing holiday aren't the only things people have used their lottery winnings for.
So who are these modern days Saints? Let’s take a look at a few...
Colin and Chris Weir:
The power of small things
Regular readers of the PlayHugeLottos.com news items will be very familiar with this lovely couple. The Weirs snagged the highest jackpot in the UK’s history, a gigantic 161 million pounds.
This lovely couple are known for using their money to fund causes that are important to them, most recently buying a fancy new prosthetic limb for a young teen that lost his leg to cancer.
They have also funded several athletic improvement projects, helped a promising young Scottish tennis player get professional training and paid for the refurbishment of a historic paddle steamer.
It just goes to show you, add up many small acts of kindness and you'll see a big impact.
An £800,000 donation by Colin & Chris helped out their local soccer stadium.
Winning lottery ticket found in church's collection plate
It's 2011 in the US city of Baltimore and a pastor at a struggling parish has just received one of the biggest donations ever! One generous parishioner has anonymously left a winning lottery ticket worth $30,000 in the collection plate.
When he took the ticket to the Maryland Lottery Headquarters, they confirmed the win. The pastor gratefully used the winnings to cover the church expenses and to assist people in need.
“Hopefully, we can give some back, especially since this is the way we received it.”
A lasting legacy
When Sheelah Ryan won $55 million in the Florida Lottery in September 1988 she kept a low profile. Sheelah set up a charitable foundation that provided donations to poor children in need of operations, supporting low-cost housing projects, assisting single mothers and even helping stray cats. Ms Ryan died in 1994 but her foundation, The Ryan Foundation, lives on to continue charitable work in her name. "I thank God every day that I have the ability to help others, not that I won," Ms Ryan said.
Allen and Violet Large:
'What you never had, you never miss'
One of the most heart-warming lottery winner stories to date has to be that of Allen and Violet Large. In 2010 this elderly couple won an $11.2 million jackpot. At the time, Violet was being treated for cancer and together they decided to give most of their money away, only keeping $2000.00 for themselves.
The winnings went to family and friends, churches, hospitals, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross plus the local fire brigade. When asked why they would give just about everything away, Violet said:
“What you never had, you never miss”.
Their simple logic helped to show that the best things in life often have nothing to do with money.
The Large’s still have each other.
A passionate investment
Les Robins had an $111 million payday after winning the Powerball jackpot in 1993. "When I put the numbers in order, I was a little stunned," he said. Robins being a junior high school teacher at the time founded Camp Winnegator, a day camp for local Wisconsin children.
The camp sits on a 226-acre plot, also bought by Robins. Camp Winnegator is still going strong, a testament that fast fortune can still add up to long-lasting kindness.
If there's one thing better than people who give of themselves, it's people who give of what's been given to them. As a lottery player you are already contributing to charity by simply purchasing a lottery ticket. Many people, however, dream of giving on a really big scale – the kind of scale they could only reach with a giant lottery jackpot win!
What good deeds would you do with a multi-million lottery win?
Tell us what charitable good deeds you would do with a lottery win and the best comments will each receive 5 FREE Mega Millions tickets. Comments close on Friday 19th.
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