A cab driver in the UK has won £4million ($5.4million/€4.5million) on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Melissa Ede, from Hull in Northern England, is a cab driver and transgender rights campaigner. She’s also built up a social media following with videos about her life.
It was yesterday confirmed that she had won the big money prize when she posed for official press photos.
She bought the £10 scratchcard while paying for gas at a gas station last Saturday.
‘They cut me out of their lives’
The 57-year-old began her transition around 12 years ago, and underwent gender reassignment surgery seven years ago. However, according to The Sun, many in her family reacted badly to the news that she was to transition – including her children.
Her children, now aged 19, 29, 30 and 39, her children look like they will not benefit from her win.
‘I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives. They weren’t there during my hardest times and rejected me.
‘I still love them but I don’t want false love off them because I’ve got money now.
‘My kids also disowned me and changed their surnames so as not to be associated with me.
‘The people who have stood by me through thick and thin — it’s payback time for them.’
She now says she’s looking forward to moving out of her rented accommodation, buying a house and a car. She also plans to splash out on a big wedding to her girlfriend, Rachel, who she has been with for the past year.
She’s recently been appealing for help to raise money to for cosmetic dentistry to help fix her teeth, but is now looking forward to paying for the treatment on her own.