Lottery Winners Doing Good Deeds

(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.

soccer colin and chris

 

Anonymous donor:

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.”

 

Sheelah Ryan:

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.

allen and violet large

 

Les Robins:

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.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this comments competition. The three winners are:

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David R.

Tamara P.

Good luck for your Mega Millions tickets!


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Comments

Posted by Lukas (12/10/2012)

I live in Namibia in Southern Africa. I'd like to help local schools with facilities and supplies.Some children still have to sit under trees and travel many kilometers to school every day by foot. How can a country develop if there's no educational foundation? I hope I can contribute in such a way one day.


Posted by Vladimir (12/10/2012)

I would give it to charity or build a new football stadium.


Posted by Vladimir (12/10/2012)

In Africa, I would encourage those who have nothing to eat and drink and I built a new school for them.


Posted by Vladimir (12/10/2012)

I would support the arts and science that the world was more art and science.


Posted by Gergely (12/10/2012)

Donating money for poor people, homelesses, orphans, for the research of deadly cures such as cancer and AIDS is great but I think it is not good enough. For example I can't change the life of the poor people if I donate 100 million euros for them. Just think about it, there is 925 million(!!!) hungry people live at this moment on our planet. Do some math and this 100 million euros will equal to nothing for all of them. I want to donate my money for some bigger things which can help for everyone in planet, and I think this thing is the clean and FREE energy. I want to donate my money for people who has the talent to develop this technology. If we can make it, no children on this planet will starve to death, nearly all of the death desises will be gone because all of the current toxic energy sources(coal, oil, etc) will be gone, there will be more money for the research of making the life of a human longer. I only want this and nothing else. Of course this is a long process but if my money can make the research just a year shorter, then it is worth it. Think about it how many people die in diseses, starving etc in a year.


Posted by Patrick (12/10/2012)

I would help the girl child in my local area who miss going to school because they can not afford to buy themselves sanitary towells or drop out of school because of early pregnancy ending up being neglected by society. Set up an education fund for most of the needy children in my country.


Posted by O6I_ (12/10/2012)

I would give to "Save the Rhino" funds. Very soon the Rhino is going to be extinct in SA and possibly the world. And that will be a sad sad day. Humans can help themselves but animals can't and it is only because of the greed and vanity of the human race that these magnificent beasts are being brutally killed!


Posted by Anthony (12/10/2012)

I would donate 40% of my winnings to my local Council,Red Cross,Salvation Army,YMCA,YWCA. I would also help in improving my former schools ,and sporting facilities.


Posted by Vladislav (12/10/2012)

I'd keep it all to myself. There's no free dinner. If they want some I must recieve something in exchange. I've struggled for long enough and where were they when I needed help? I aint givin away nothin


Posted by GoHQSV (12/10/2012)

I live in South Africa. I would like to built and maintain a hospice for people with Multiple Sclerosis as we do not have such a facility here.


Posted by LXbeo (12/10/2012)

I will join MAF (missionary aviation fellowship) they take everything in by small planes into rural areas in Africa where cars can't go.


Posted by A.k.a. (13/10/2012)

First, I will deposit the amount in a Bank and I will donate much amount from the interest amount.Then only we can donate for long and long period, to orphanages, children education, poor people, and I want to eradicate poverty.


Posted by Lai (13/10/2012)

I will make sure the money that is part god has always delivered, which is 10% of my income, so far I am very sorry that sometimes can not meet the rules of the religion I profess it, if the money is no longer a problem for me then any income from my investments and etc. I'll be sure always to His glory, even if the need to give 30% or 50% I think is still less than my giving to God


Posted by -3_JIV (13/10/2012)

You only lives once in your life time.Then you wins the jackpot in any lottery once in your life time.why i am playing for last 7 years with this company,to have a debt free life,so if you can settle the entire debt and buy the necessary things in your life,then you do not need extra to keep and watch,so i will help the other human being whether their financial,sickness,education or any other needs with the proper proof of what they need in their life.also i will give to the animal care foundation as those thing can't talk what they need but they know how to listen and care about the human as a companion.


Posted by Jitender (15/10/2012)

If i won any huge jackpot I want to help Orphaned children and cancer victims.


Posted by Vladimir (15/10/2012)

Some of the money I give to the poor. I built a new soccer field for sports and I invested in a sports team or a football team.


Posted by Samson (15/10/2012)

I will donate part of my lucky winnings to two authorities – Agriculture and Water. These authorities will help in improving today’s agricultural production and tapping new resources of water. The world population is increasing daily and we find many countries have scarcity in these two fields. We need to have more grains, more crops, more vegetables which means more food. Side by side we need to find more water for our daily use. These authorities will educate farmers how to harvest more crops and the sensible use of water. No water plus no food equals no life.


Posted by U7ViK (15/10/2012)

Winning will enable us to build a cardiology facilty in the area as the nearest cardiologists are more than 200 kilometers away. The second thing we will do is build a school as the shools in the disadvantaged areas around us are vastly overcrowded and lacking in facilities.


Posted by WCqEOR-CirHt (15/10/2012)

I would set up a fund to create new business ventures that create employment, thereby creating a sustainable model of developing poorer communities and improving lives.I would start by helping communities with simple basic projects such as vegetable gardens for own use and re-sale. Help set up craft markets and empower people to participate.I would also focus on creating eco schools and activities to educate children to be self sufficient, re introducing lost life skills.


Posted by Josephine (16/10/2012)

IF I SHOULD GET I MULTI-MILLION LOTTERY FIRST I WILL THANK GOD AND ALL THOSE I PRAYED TO FOR THE LOTTERY TO ENABLE MY POOR SON AND FAMILY TO PAY UP THEIR DEBTS AND BUY A SMALL HOUSE. I WILL SPEND A SMALL AMOUNT ON MY LAST SON’S MEDICATION AS HE IS SUFFERING FROM EPILEPSY . I WILL ALSO HELP MY DAUGHTER AS SHE AND FAMILY ARE HAVING SOME FINANCIAL PROBLEM. THIS IS BECAUSE CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. I WILL TRY TO BUILD AN ORPHANAGE AND OLD AGE HOME THAT’S MY DREAM, HOPE IT WILL COME TRUE SOME DAY.


Posted by Benny Bernard (17/10/2012)

The first thing I would do is to set up a charitable organisation which carter for school fees,food & shelter for orphans and most less priveledged children. Build a library for our local rural schools. The third project, I will fund a sports tournament and scholarship for the disabled, both ages.


Posted by Wayne Donovan (17/10/2012)

The first thing that I will do is to give the first part of my winnings to the Church as a thanks to God, then I will go to the homeless shelter and hand out some money to the poor homeless people so they can afford to get themselves some where to live and give them a hand up...I will donate some to the handicaps and to the children's home. I will start my own foundation as a dedication on helping the poor around the world. single mothers, the elderly and teens that are struggling to make it through school, college or university...and as my pledge to God I will build a church in Jamaica...then I will invest a large part in gold and diamonds for my two lettle daughters, just incase the bank goes bankrupt their inheritance will be secure..then I'll help myself and my brothers and sisters, and actually anyone I see in need, that I can do something for them so my life will be a blessing to them also...


Posted by Julian (18/10/2012)

I PRAY AND HOPE THAT I WILL WIN SOME DAY. THE FIRST THING I WILL DO IS TO THANK GOD FOR THE LOTTERY I WIN THAN I WILL DO SOME THING WITH SOME AMOUNT TO FULFILL MY GRAND MOTHER’S WISHES, WHICH SHE COULD NOT DO. I HAVE FACED A LOT OF PROBLEMS SO I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN AN ORPHANAGE AND (OLD AGE HOME FOR SENIOR CITIZENS) WHO HAVE NO ONE TO LOOK AFTER THEM. IT WILL BE MY GRANDMOTHER’S CHERISHED DREAM COME TRUE. I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN A SCHOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN, MAKE A SOCIETY AND SEE THAT IT CONTINUES TO FLOURISH FOR THE ORPHANAGE FUTURE TO.


Posted by Boris (18/10/2012)

If i won a lottery i would be lucky to donate some to charity and zoo animals.


Posted by ZqTd (19/10/2012)

Would help me give more to charities that are close to my heart. For my family. My sister has been putting off getting married for a while now for 2 reasons. My mom's illness and no funds for she currently not employed. I would pay off my sisters wedding so that she has the wedding that she has always dreamed of and my niece can see her dad every day and not once a week! She is currently 5 years. I'll also be able to afford to get my mom into a place where she get the best care money can buy! For myself I would purchase a new car to replace my 13 old car and then take a world tour holiday.


Posted by Vladimir (19/10/2012)

I would certainly UNICEF financial support. Then Christians and Muslims, for them, I built a church and a mosque. All arms and my whole family.


Posted by BBBUI (19/10/2012)

I would help fund educational projects in my province and if possible through out my country if the winning jackpot was large enough


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