Girl spots discarded winning lottery scratcher, donates winnings to Thanksgiving food drive

Nov 23, 2016, 7:36 am (17 comments)

Missouri Lottery

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — In this season of giving thanks, one student from Missouri shows what generosity is all about.

When one young lady from Independence, Missouri, found a financial windfall, she gave it to others in need, overlooking her own needs.

Phoebe Brown, 7, says she knew exactly what she'd found, and how best to use it. The second grade student from Sycamore Hills Elementary School in Independence was shopping with her mother at the Hy-Vee store on U.S. Highway 40 at Noland Road on November 9th, when Phoebe found a winning lottery ticket on the ground inside the store.

The Brown family says Phoebe often picks up discarded lottery tickets. They were already at a gas station down the street when she realized she'd found a winner.

"She's like, 'Mom, Mom, it's a winner!' I said, 'No it's not'," Audrey Brown, Phoebe's mother, said. "It was. It was a $100 winner."

The numbers were already scratched off that Missouri Lottery ticket, which bore the logo of the Missouri Tigers, and Phoebe knew a winner when she saw one.

"I saw that lottery ticket and it had a two on the back. I thought I'd better pick it up, and I told my mom it was a winner," Phoebe said.

"Everything went through my mind. What could we do with it? What could Phoebe do with it?" Audrey Brown said.

Rather than to spend it on herself, young Phoebe decided to help others.

Sycamore Hills Elementary School has been collecting canned goods for the less-fortunate, as part of the Independence School District's 150th anniversary. Phoebe decided to donate the money to feed others. School district leaders say the Browns bought $100 worth of groceries at a local store to add to the room filled with donations.

"There have been times where I've been out of work, and we had nowhere to stay and our family's taken us in, and helped us out. We're thankful for our friends and our family," Joshua Brown, Phoebe's dad, said.

And as a promise, the school's gym teacher, Herb Horseman, allowed the entire second grade to shave his long, bushy beard, and Phoebe's donation helped them win that prize.

"You're welcome and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving," Phoebe said.

Phoebe said her parents also taught her to be thoughtful and kind to others. Her contribution at the holiday season will go toward providing meals for families who couldn't otherwise afford to celebrate Thanksgiving.

All told, the Sycamore Hills kids collected over 1,700 canned goods and household items. Second graders at the school accounted for 541 of those donations. School officials say they'll all go to help less fortunate families within the Independence School District.

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LiveInGreenBay's avatarLiveInGreenBay

What a nice Thanksgiving lottery story.

sully16's avatarsully16

Wonderful story, Happy Thanksgiving.

Tatototman65's avatarTatototman65



cbr$'s avatarcbr$
This is a nice Thanksgiving story.  Thumbs Up
Groppo's avatarGroppo

Quote: Originally posted by cbr$ on Nov 23, 2016

This is a nice Thanksgiving story.  Thumbs Up


A hundred samolians! WOW! 

From a scratch off, found by a youngster.

No doubt all the kids in that town will start to hunt for and collect discarded s/o tickets.

It's going to be like a horse race, through the grocery aisles.

"And it's little boy blue, by a nose!"

Raven62's avatarRaven62

Following in the foot steps of those that came before:

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.


Quote: Originally posted by Tatototman65 on Nov 23, 2016



That is truly a Thanksgiving story.  Good things will come back to her.


Good on her for being so generous, good on her parents for teaching her to be that way, and making sure her gift got carried out.

music*'s avatarmusic*

Quote: Originally posted by quicksloth35 on Nov 23, 2016

Good on her for being so generous, good on her parents for teaching her to be that way, and making sure her gift got carried out.

I Agree! This is the Spirit of the Holiday Season. God bless everyone.


What's that saying "Charity starts at home."

Teach them well and they will not go astray, we hope. 

LottoAce's avatarLottoAce

If I had a heart I would cry. well done little Phoebe!
"keep not the little children from me, for as such is the kingdom of heaven"

faith117's avatarfaith117

This is beautiful story this young girl is learning how we should always remember to give from the heart and how rewarding it feels to help others 


The world needs more like her.

American Indian's avatarAmerican Indian


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