13 years after emptying piggybank to give to charity, five-year-old wins the $48 million lottery

A Canadian woman who showed compassion as a child by using her savings from her piggy bank to aid those affected by an earthquake, has received a huge payout of luck and fortune as she won millions of dollars in the lottery.

This serves as an inspiration and motivation to perform acts of kindness and generosity, and highlights the positive impact that small actions can have.

When Juliette Lamour was just five years old, along with her sister Sophie, they emptied their pink piggy bank to donate to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The young sisters contributed an impressive sum of $61.38, showing their compassion and generosity at a young age.

Fast forward to 13 years later, an 18-year-old Juliette was surprised to discover that she was the winner of the $48-million Gold Ball draw which took place on 7 January 2023.

As a student at Algoma University, Juliette had been on her way to bring her grandfather some ice cream when she made a spontaneous decision to purchase her first ever lottery ticket, little did she know it would lead to this life-changing win. The story serves as a testament to the impact that small acts of kindness can have and the surprising turns that life can take.

Recalling the moment she won the lottery, Juliette said,

“I called him on the phone asking what kind of ice cream he wanted. And he said to me: ‘You just turned 18, go buy a lotto ticket, test your luck.’ So I did.

“I got to the corner store and I’m in my car — and I didn’t know how to buy it. So I had to call my dad. I said: ‘Dad, Grandpa wants me to buy a ticket. How do I do it?’ He’s like: ‘Oh, just go inside and get a QuickPick’.”

Regardless of whether you attribute it to beginner’s luck, karma, or mere coincidence, Juliette ended up choosing the winning ticket.

Although she now has an abundance of wealth, Juliette remains focused on her studies and aspirations. She plans to complete her undergraduate program and has hopes of attending medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine before returning to practice in her hometown.

Her father, Kevin, who is a financial advisor, will assist Juliette in wisely managing her newfound riches. Juliette acknowledged that the sudden change is overwhelming but plans to consider her loved ones when making any financial decisions.

She stated, “I have to think about it. We’re definitely going to keep friends and family in mind. And tonight, I’m still a university student so I’m planning on finishing my biology report.”