When you’re slowly getting dressed for another Monday in the office or sorting out your bills, it can be pretty easy to start dreaming about winning the lottery. While some of us dream of a debt-free life, others have other daydreams!
In 2013, a former beauty queen from Canada won a lottery which left her with over £600 in her bank account every week for the rest of her life. Instead of keeping this money for herself, Rachel Lapierre decided she wanted to make a difference. She left her day job and invested her time and winnings into her charity; Le Book Humanitaire. The charity is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid across the world, with the simple aim of making Earth a better place for everyone. The charity has found a lot of success over the last five years, with Rachel’s lottery donation becoming a drop in the ocean compared to the money which comes from its members.
Ms. Lapierre hasn’t sat around during this time, though, and has played an active role in fundraising and marketing her charity to build it into something which other people want to be a part of. She has run marathons, spoken at events, and even contributed to the work which her charity pays for. A lot of people wouldn’t go down this route after a lottery win, instead spending the money on themselves and those they care about the most. Generosity is a rare thing in the modern world, especially when people have nothing to gain for themselves, like Rachel.
Without her lucky win, it’s highly unlikely that Ms. Lapierre would have been able to throw herself into charity work. Having worked as a nurse for much of her life, finding the time to do this sort of work was impossible, despite finding herself driven to helping others. Since her lottery win, she has been able to embrace this side of life, creating a legacy that will last for years to come, even after she’s gone. This passion for life is very inspiring!
There are a lot of inspiring stories out there when it comes to lottery wins. What will you do when you win big? Buy your entries, pick your lucky numbers and let’s find out!