Winning lottery is a dream for most of the people, but some have the extraordinary luck to win it. Just imagine suddenly you can afford the entire luxurious thing you want. Most of the lottery winners spend the money only for themselves and their loved ones. But there is a rare breed of winners, who share their winnings for the betterment of the world. The kind-hearted people donate their money for the improvement of society, supporting local sports and for other good deeds.
Who are these modern saints? There are lots of incredible stories and some of them are given below –
Story of Roy Cockrum
Roy Cockrum won 259 million dollars, was the biggest amount won by anyone in the Tennessee lottery history. But he didn’t spend all of these for himself only. He took care of his old parents and gave the rest of the money to create a better world. He founded Roy Cockrum Foundation. It is a non-profit organisation for helping nonprofit theaters. The total money went to the New York City Godman Theatre. Cockrum is famous for his good deeds.
Colin and Chris Weir
This lovely couple won a gigantic 161 million pounds in a jackpot. They are known for helping a young teenager who lost his leg to cancer by donating him a new prosthetic limb. They helped a lot of athletic improvement projects and extended their helping hand for the refurbishment of a historic paddle steamer. The couple also used their money to help a young Scottish Tennis player for his professional training.
Jim Dancy won $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery Club Keno game. Though the money was little in comparison to the other lottery winners, he was influenced by his close freeing Julie and decided to give away all his winning money to the people who need it more than him. He donated the amount to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, and in this way, he took a step to make the world a better place. In an interview, he said that it was the ‘best day’ of his life.
In 2011, the pastor of the Maryland Church was astounded to find a lottery ticket of amount $30,000 in the collection plate. That time the Church was going through some financial crisis, and the sum helped them a lot. Another Church Georgia also received $80,000 in the same way after they got burglarized. Maybe it was the God’s helping hand.
Les Robins, a junior high school teacher, won a huge amount of $111 million Powerball Jackpot in the year 1993. After winning the money, he created Camp Winnegator, a day camp near the waterfront home of Robins with 226 acres area. Riding tables, gym, pool, golf course and many other fun activities are there in the camp. Kids between 6 to 16 love to hang out here during the summer.
A lottery winner can easily leave a good tip for a restaurant. But the story of Bob Erb was different. He paid $10,000 for a burger and fries and told the restaurant owner to keep it because his daughter had cancer. The first thing he did after winning $25 million was to donate $1 million to 420 Day, an annual event advocating marijuana legislation. Erb also rewarded $20,000 to each of the employees of the gas station from where he bought the lottery ticket and also donated money to a school.
Hilda Floyd won $1 million in the Idaho Lottery’s Million Dollar Raffle. From the very moment she purchased the ticket, she promised that if she had won it, then she didn’t spend it for her luxurious. She kept her promise and donated 90 percent of the winning amount to charities and churches. She claimed that spending for her own needs would not make her as happy as helping others did. She was an inspiration to many other people.
Ray & Barbara Wragg
In January 2010 the senior couple won the lotto jackpot of $11.8 million. In December they donate the majority of the money to the needy people. It is quite interesting that the couples didn’t stop playing lotteries so that they won again and could give all away to make people happier.
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