When a 7-year-old girl discovered a winning lottery ticket on the floor of a shop, she selflessly decided that the money should be spent on people in need.
Phoebe Brown – a second grade student from Sycamore Hills Elementary School, California – was shopping with her mum when she picked up a lottery ticket that had appeared to be simply thrown on the ground. Phoebe tends to pick up discarded lottery tickets, but they are always non-winners. However this time, Phoebe was in for a surprise.
Phoebe and her family were already some distance down the street when she realised her ticket was in fact 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 had already been revealed on the scratch-card from whoever had purchased it, and after picking up so many abandoned tickets in the past, Phoebe knew straight away that she was in luck.
“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 told FOX 4 News.
Phoebe’s mum also told FOX 4 News that she pondered what Phoebe could do with it, and finally, Phoebe decided to spend it on others rather than herself.
Sycamore Hills Elementary School had been working on collecting canned good for the less-fortunate and Phoebe chose to donate her money to the cause. The family headed to the grocery store and spent the full $100 on goods.
Phoebe’s dad, Joshua Brown, felt this was a good way to give something back after other people had helped them through some tough times.
“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,” he said.
Phoebe told Fox 4 News that she had her parents to thank for her decision to carry out the kind gesture, because they had always taught her to be thoughtful and kind to others.