UK Trans Woman Wins Over $5M Jackpot, Won't Give a Cent to Kids Who Disowned Her

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(EDGE) A U.K. transgender woman who recently won a $5.4 million lottery said she won't be giving a cent to her adult children after they disowned her over her transition, The Sun reports.

Melissa Ede, a 57-year-old taxi driver, plans to buy a new home, a new Mercedes, and plan a lavish wedding for her girlfriend. She'll also reward her fans who donated money to her after she made a plea on YouTube to replace her rotting teeth.

But Ede said she would not give any money to her children (ages 19, 29, 30 and 39) because they turned their backs on her after coming out as trans 12 years ago.

"I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives," she told The Sun. "They weren't there during my hardest times and rejected me.

"I still love them, but I don't want false love off them because I've got money now," she added. "The people who have stood by me through thick and thin - it's payback time for them."

Ede married her high school sweetheart when she was 19 and her then-wife was 17. She explained, "it was a different way of life then... but I've known I wanted to be a girl ever since I was three."

She also revealed her parents stopped talking to her after she transitioned as well.

"My kids also disowned me and changed their surnames so as not to be associated with me," she told The Sun. "There should be no stigma. Things go wrong in people's lives, their make-up and their chromosomes. Everybody's human, and it's about time people realize that."

Ede purchased a £10 scratch-off ticket last Saturday at a gas station where she won the £4 million ($5.4 million) prize. 

"I ran back into the garage and shouted 'Oh my God, you won't believe this, you've just handed me £4million,'" she told The Sun.


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