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Trans Cab Driver Wins $5.4 Million Lottery, Won’t Give A Penny To Children Who Disowned Her

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

A transgender woman who just won a multimillion-dollar lottery prize says she won’t be sharing her good fortune with her adult children, who turned their back on her when she transitioned.

“I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives,” Melissa Ede, 57, told The Sun. “They weren’t there during my hardest times and rejected me.” Her four children, who range in age from 19 to 39, even changed their last names to avoid any association with Ede.

She still loves them, she says, “but I don’t want false love off them because I’ve got money now.”

Ede’s life changed forever last Saturday, when she won a £4million ($5.4 million) scratch-off purchased at a gas station: She plans on spending at least part of her winnings on a new home, a £50,000 Mercedes, and a lavish wedding to her girlfriend, as well as a new set of teeth. She revealed, she’ll also be sharing the wealth with “The people who have stood by me through thick and thin.”

A cab driver who lives in Hull, she added that her own parents stopped talking to her after she came out as trans. Now she can fulfill her dream of launching a fashion line and writing her memoir.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.