From The Pitch Feel Good News Desk: An anonymous man who received addiction treatment at Welcome House, a Kansas City in-patient recovery center, decided to thank the nonprofit in December by donating a winning lottery scratcher worth $20,000.
KCTV5 has the story of a man who dropped off an envelope with the ticket and a letter, which read, in part, "Thank you for helping me get my life back together. Enclosed is a winning lottery ticket that I want to donate to Welcome House. Thank you, for everything." Greg Roark, Welcome House's executive director, tells the TV station that he called the lottery to see if the ticket was real, and they confirmed its authenticity. Cha-ching!
Welcome House residents told the station that the donation is paying off
in inspirational dividends, as well as financial. "For someone to be an
alcoholic, drug addict, have $20,000 and give
that money away, selflessly, if that don't give hope to everyone, I
don't know what would," resident Kevin Gainey said.
After the government gets its cut, Welcome House will clear about $14,000, the station reports, which Roark says will be a lifeline
for paying their utility bills. "Our gas bill last month was $3,700, so
this will help us," he told KCTV5.
Gainey also called the 20 grand "go-to-the-Caribbean, and
don't-see-anybody-you-know type money." When you put it that way, the
anonymous guy seems even more generous.