£1.9 Lotto jackpot winner returns to work - for puppy charity


Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy

When Michelle Edwards, a 43-year-old from Poole in Dorset, won the lottery in 2008, she never had to work again. The £1.9 million jackpot was enough for her to give up her job, buy a luxury mansion, and take several expensive holidays.

But it wasn't fulfilling , so she has gone back to work, training puppies for a charity.
Edwards saw her life transformed, from living on a tight budget, and having to sell her mini to pay the bills, to being able to afford the home of her dreams.

However, she told the Daily Mirror that it didn't feel terribly meaningful, so she decided to give something back. She is now working as a puppy trainer for Canine Partners - and recently trained her first puppy, which is now able to help disabled service-people.

At the time of the win the Daily Mail quoted her husband as saying: "All of a sudden you have this great amount of money, but you have to invest it and look after it and your family." Now Edwards is helping care for others too.


She's not the first to find meaning in charity after a big win. Last year we reported on the Canadian man who gave his entire £24.5 million win to cancer charities - in memory of his late wife.

In 2010 Allen and Violet Large from Nova Scotia, were almost as generous. They won $11.2 million and gave away 98% of their win to the Red Cross, churches, fire departments and the hospitals where Violet had received treatment for cancer.

The most generous lottery winners in the UK are Chris and Colin Weir, who decided to share the wealth after winning £161 million in 2011. They set up the Weir Charitable Trust dedicated to improving the quality of life in Scotland.


Edwards isn't the only one to want to continue working either. We reported in October last year on Jean Swatman from Lowestoft in Suffolk, who won £2 million on the National Lottery and said she didn't want to give up her job making doughnuts for Morrisons.

Meanwhile, Luke Pittard from Wales won £1.3 million in 2006, but after buying a house, taking a holiday and getting married, he decided he'd had enough, so returned to work as a trainer for McDonalds. He said: "To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do."