Good people deserve good things, especially when they win lottery prizes and become instant millionaires. While a number of people would rather spend their winnings on lavish houses and luxurious cars, there are some individuals who use their winnings to do good. Here are some stories on how some previous winners spent their prize.
A €216 million jackpot winner and a wish to save the planet
A lucky Frenchman, nicknamed ‘Guy’, won what was at the time, the highest EuroMillions payout of €216 Million (R3,7 Billion). He immediately knew what he was going to do with the prize.
"The minute I found out I was the lucky winner of the EuroMillions, I had the will to share my luck”, said Guy.
The majority of what he won was used to create the Anyama Foundation, named after a town in the Ivory Coast, where he spent several years of his childhood. The foundation has three main goals which are – to protect and revitalize forests, preserve and regenerate biodiversity and support family caregivers.
$429 million jackpot used to fight poverty
After Pearlier Smith and her seven children won a massive $429 million (R7,3 Billion) betting on the USA Powerball draw in 2016, they did not spend it on real estate or fancy cars. Instead, after paying off their mortgage and student loans, they set up the Smith Family Foundation to provide financial funding for various organisations that aim to improve the lives of people in the city of New Jersey.
£115 million win made her "addicted to helping"
In anticipation of her 2019 EuroMillions jackpot win, Frances Connolly, made a list of all the friends and family she planned to give money to before the draw happened. She scooped a £115 Million (R2,3 Billion) fortune and gave away more than half of her winnings.
"It gives you a buzz and it's addictive.. "I'm addicted to it now”, said Frances.
What will your lottery success story be? For a chance to feature in your own lottery success story, bet on our EuroMillions and USA PowerBall draws. Perhaps you could follow in the footsteps of these inspiring winners.