When Beverly Doran, a mother of four from Shipley, West Yorkshire, won £14.5 million in a EuroMillions draw in February 2017, it came just when she really needed the money. Ms. Doran, who separated from her husband a short time before, had quit her job in order to care fulltime for her children, two of whom had been diagnosed with autism.
After winning the lottery, Ms. Doran was able to cancel her government benefits and begin looking for a new home for her family. “The main thing is that my children are going to be fine,” she said.
A similar, more well-known story is that of Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old single mother of four children, including one who suffers from cerebral palsy. Holmes had worked two jobs to support her family until she won a huge Powerball jackpot prize, sharing $564 million with two other winners in February 2015.
It should be noted, however, that Ms. Holmes used part of her lottery winnings to bail out her drug-trafficking boyfriend from jail. On the other hand, she established the Marie Holmes Foundation, a non-profit organization that has donated school supplies to nearly 400 students in her home community.
For some reason, the heart-breaking stories of single mothers who are raising children on their own seem to attract the most attention. Those who really need the money to care for their families are truly deserving of their lottery prizes.
Why is it that when a mother wins the lottery it makes for a good story, but when a man wins the lottery, it is seldom reported that he just happens to be a father? Obviously a mother’s relationship with her children is special, built on unconditional love. But what about a father? Isn’t it also a father’s responsibility to care for his children’s education, health, and wellbeing?
A quick search on Google leads to the recently published story of a dad who won the lottery. The father of Meghan Markle, engaged to Prince Harry, won $750,000 playing the Californian state lottery when the future actress/royal was nine years old.
More relatable is the story of 50-year-old Amo Riselli, a Gloucester taxi driver who won £24.5 million on the National Lottery in December 2017. Riselli, a father of five who lost his partner unexpectedly four years ago, felt that she was “looking down on him from heaven” when he won the jackpot. Riselli will use his windfall to help his five daughters and nine grandchildren.
A parent’s first priority is to provide for the family. Winning the lottery will ensure the family’s financial stability, as long as the prize money is used responsibly. And if this is the case, it doesn’t really matter if it’s the mother, or the father, who wins the jackpot