Winning the lottery is a dream for most people. While it’s no secret that money can’t buy happiness, it can certainly make your life a lot easier. So when transgender taxi driver, Melissa Ede, hit the jackpot at the end of last year, she knew her life would never be the same again.

At the time of purchasing the scratchcard that won her $5.5 million, she only had $14 to her name.

The 57-year-old has not had an easy time since beginning her transition into a woman 12 years ago. All four of her children disowned her, and when she won the lottery, she vowed not to give them a cent of her vast fortune for rejecting her.

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Her children, however, claimed that they did not reject their parent because she was transgender, but because she walked out on them, rarely visiting or making an effort to be a part of their lives.

The rift between them only grew when Melissa gained online fame after posting videos of herself scantily clad on Facebook, often dancing around with bottles of mayonnaise and ketchup attached to her breasts.

“I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives,” she told the Sun Online.

“They weren’t there during my hardest times and rejected me.”

So after winning a life-changing amount of money Melissa’s first priority was herself and her fiancée, Rachel Nason. She, therefore, decided to buy a house, a car of her own, and treat herself to cosmetic surgery as well as the best wedding money would buy.