We’ve all dreamt of the extravagant things we’d do if we were to win millions of dollars in the lottery. Lerynne West is one of the few lucky people who actually knows what it’s like to win hundreds of millions of dollars in the lottery, and what she decided to do with the money is touching the hearts of people all over the world.
Lerynne, 51, recently won $343.9 million in a Powerball lottery, and she knew right away that she wanted to use her winnings to help others.
At a press conference after her win, Lerynne recounted how she almost lost her winning ticket!
“[It] started out like most other days, only it was kind of special for me because I had bought my first home,” she said. “I bought a home in Redfield, Iowa, and I was moving that day. Around noon-ish, the movers had left, my son-in-law had left and my sister was coming up to help me pack.”v
“I got my lottery tickets and we went back out to [my sister’s] truck,” she continued. “I kind of just set those down at the foot in my purse — or so I thought — and didn’t think of them again until Sunday morning.”
The tickets ended up falling out of her purse and remaining on the floor of her sister’s truck! When the numbers were announced, Lerynne knew that she had won the jackpot, but she didn’t have the ticket!