Winning the lottery not only means that you can treat yourself to a few dream gifts and vacations, but also that you can make a real difference in your community or neighborhood. Why not transfer some of that goodwill to those in need around you? It will make you feel great and allow you to leave a legacy that you can be proud of.

Donate to Your Favorite Charity

This one may seem obvious, but why not? If you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart, give a worthwhile charity in that area of interest a financial boost. Whether you are interested in helping to end poverty, supporting victims of abuse, rescuing animals, providing clean drinking water to developing nations or anything else you can imagine, there is a charity out there that addresses your cause and could use your help. There’s no better way to spend your future lottery winnings than giving to those in need.

Build a New Library or Park

Is there a park or library at your children’s school, in your neighborhood or in another community that desperately needs a hand? No matter which location you choose, a new family-oriented space for learning and play is a wonderful, selfless investment. You could even name a bench or memorial in honor of a loved one at your new location.

Invest in Your Children’s College Fund

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Let your children or grandchildren chase their dreams of education and a good career without the crushing student debt that can come with attending a well-respected college. What better way to selflessly spend your lottery winnings than investing in the future of your family? If you don’t have children or grandchildren, consider helping out aspiring students in your life—such as the relatives of your friends.

Create a New Scholarship

If you’d like to support many different students in your community, use your lottery winnings to establish a scholarship. You can pick the criteria, whether you want to help students with financial need or those who benefit their community by participating in volunteer opportunities around town or taking on leadership roles in the classroom. Helping a hardworking student achieve their post-secondary dreams is a selfless cause that puts your lottery dollars to work in the right way.

Send Your Parents on a Dream Vacation

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Want a way to give back to the people who raised and loved you, even when the going got tough? Send ma and pa on a dream vacation of their choosing to thank them for all their love and support throughout the years. You’ll feel good giving back to the people that were always there for you, and there’s nothing that says “thank you” like an all-expenses-paid trip across Europe. If they’re not around to enjoy it, why not send your kids and their families?

Fund a Meaningful Project on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a place where people with big ideas go to try and fund their dreams. You could back a charity project, an important educational documentary on a subject you are passionate about or just an idea you think is fun. No matter what you choose, these hardworking creators will appreciate your investment. Just think how good it will feel to help creative and innovative thinkers bring their visions to life. You could even surprise a few little-known projects by fully funding their ideas.

When you get your hands on your future lottery winnings, you will probably want to give back some of the good fortune you have been given. These selfless ways to spend your lottery winnings are a great way to pay it back to the community and family that supported you.

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