57-year-old Melissa Ede won the £4million ($5.7 million) jackpot earlier this week, and her estranged family won't see a dime of it.
The former cab driver won big after buying a scratch-off card from a local gas station. She plans on keeping her winnings all for herself, as Ede's four children, aged 19, 29, 30, and 39, disowned her around 12 years ago after she came out as transgender - even going as far as changing their last names to avoid any association with her.
Ede has no plans of inviting her kids to share in her winnings. "I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives," Ede told The Sun. "They weren’t there during my hardest times and rejected me."
"I don’t want false love off them because I’ve got money now," she went on. "The people who have stood by me through thick and thin — it’s payback time for them."
She plans to spend the dough on a new home, a new set of teeth, a £50,000 Mercedes, launching a fashion line, writing an autobiography, and a lavish wedding to her fiance of one year.
Cabbie Melissa Ede is telling us about the amazing moment she won £4m on a scratchcard! pic.twitter.com/JMGG1drPrQ
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 4, 2018