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Iowa lottery winner donates $500K to veterans' group

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A Powerball winner in Iowa this week donated $500,000 of her prize to a group supporting disabled veterans.

Lerynne West, who was part of a group sharing an-almost $700 million jackpot, announced the donation on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday.

West said she was donating the money to the Travis Mills Foundation, a group based in Hallowell, Maine, and that three of her brothers served in the military and that her father was a Vietnam War veteran.

"It's very important to me that we never forget the sacrifices our soldiers and families make for our country," she said.

West's share of the prize was just under $343.9 million.

The 51-year-old said earlier this month that she decided to buy the ticket while stopping at a convenience store for coffee and a slice of pizza. When she came forward to collect the prize at a news conference, she talked about wanting to use some of the money "to impact others."

"I know the responsibility that I have to do good with this money," she said, according to NBC News. "And my life has changed forever. I plan to make thoughtful and responsible decisions on giving to my friends and my family and setting up so that my grandchildren will all have a college education."

West also started a foundation in memory of her grandson, who died after being born prematurely.

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Posted: November 16, 2018, 10:32 am - IP Logged

I applaud you Lerynne for helping out us Veterans.  It is much appreciated and paying it forward makes this another feel good story of the week.

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    Posted: November 16, 2018, 11:21 am - IP Logged

    From Lerynne West's  Callum Foundation to the Travis Mills Foundation.  The disabled veterans across the World will thank her for such wonderful generosity. 

     $500,000.00 will go far and it is a sizable gift.  Thank You Lerynne West!

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      Posted: November 16, 2018, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

      Now she wants fame so she is accepting offers from tv shows LOL

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        Now she wants fame so she is accepting offers from tv shows LOL

        She was invited & accepted the invitation to go on the Ellen Show. She also showed up " bearing gifts." Absolutely nothing wrong with that, given that she is helping others in need. Recall that she faced the cameras when she won.Unlike the Robinson family from Tenn that flew to NY to parade their status on national television,they invited themselves to the party.

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          Posted: November 16, 2018, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

          Thank you for helping our veterans, pretty good tax write off as well.

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            Posted: November 16, 2018, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

            It's a lot of money. I hope she does a lot of good things with it.

            Good start with $500 k to US Vets Patriot

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              Posted: November 16, 2018, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

              The New Yorker she split the jackpot with is also single and about in her age range.  Maybe they should get together. Lover Wink

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                Posted: November 16, 2018, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

                I think she has handled everything flawlessly. A perfect role model if you want to do good for others and have to claim publicly. This tv visit will bring attention to her foundation and encourage other major winners to create a foundation.

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                  I think she has handled everything flawlessly. A perfect role model if you want to do good for others and have to claim publicly. This tv visit will bring attention to her foundation and encourage other major winners to create a foundation.

                  I Agree! and will seek out advice from the correct professionals. 

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                    The New Yorker she split the jackpot with is also single and about in her age range.  Maybe they should get together. Lover Wink

                    Green laugh

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                      Posted: November 17, 2018, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

                      Nice Story and great job to her for helping vets. I have family members who served. US Flag

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                        Posted: November 17, 2018, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

                          There's many positive stories donating $$$ to those

                        who needs it . Let's not forget "smaller donations " . 

                           People helping buying groceries , gasoline , fast food , 

                          the list goes on and on !!!  Giving 24/7 , 365 days a week.

                         


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                            There's many positive stories donating $$$ to those

                          who needs it . Let's not forget "smaller donations " . 

                             People helping buying groceries , gasoline , fast food , 

                            the list goes on and on !!!  Giving 24/7 , 365 days a week.

                          Buying gasoline ? Green laugh
                          Food should be top priority

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                            Posted: November 18, 2018, 10:28 am - IP Logged

                            Buying gasoline ? Green laugh
                            Food should be top priority

                            I Agree!, food should be a priority, however what if you have a vehicle in your driveway, no gas, and the grocery store is 5 miles away? Should one walk there & back with groceries in a backpack? Or does one wheel that grocery cart all the way home & park that thing outside your home on the curb?Just asking..

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