The primary responsibility of a mother is to care for her children. A mother’s relationship with her children is built on unconditional love. A mother (as well as a father), is responsible for the children’s education, health, and complete wellbeing. A mother’s role includes being a listener and an educator, a companion and a protector. Raising children is a serious undertaking, so is it responsible for a mother to devote some of her time and money to playing the lottery?

Most of us fantasise about winning the lottery and mothers are no different. If a huge amount of cash would come our way, raising a family would be much easier. Financial stability would give us the freedom to live the life we want, as long as we don’t make rash decisions when we plan what to do with our winnings. When we play the lottery, we need to be realistic about our chances of winning. Budgeting a small amount for lottery play can be seen as a form of entertainment, giving us the freedom to continue to dream.

The positive examples of mothers who have won huge lottery prizes and used their winnings to help care for their children can serve as our role models. Consider the story of Kelsey Zachow, a single mother from Michigan. Zachow was working two part-time jobs when she won a $66 million jackpot prize playing the Mega Millions lottery in 2014. Zachow said the money would help cover college tuition for her son as well as for her boyfriend’s children. She also announced her intentions to purchase a new car and home, another sign that she would use her win to help her family.

Beverley Doran, a mother of four children, three of whom are disabled, apparently mastered everything you need to know about the EuroMillions lottery because she won the £14,509,000 jackpot in February 2017. Doran’s first purchase was a new home for her family in Shipley. “The main thing is that my children are going to be fine,” she said, showing where her priorities lie.
Another example is Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old unemployed mother from North Carolina who shared a $564 million Powerball jackpot prize with two other winners in February 2015. Like Doran, Holmes had a child with a serious disability and her first priority was caring for her family. Unfortunately, Holmes’s story also has another side. Some of the decisions she made after her Powerball win were a bit reckless. When her boyfriend was jailed for drug-trafficking offences, Holmes used part of her winnings to bail him out.

As long as a mother prioritises care for her family, there should be nothing wrong if she purchases lottery tickets from time to time. If she is lucky enough to win a huge lottery prize, she must make wise, informed decisions what to do with the money. The careful financial planning of how to use lottery winnings is the responsible thing to do, and that goes for mothers, fathers, and for anyone else who plays the lottery.