A young woman stirred up Redditors when she revealed that her parents wanted to take her lottery winnings. They thought they had a most divine reason for their demand. Here is the full story.
It’s a Little Tight
OP is a 23-year-old woman who lives at home with her parents and three younger siblings.
School Wasn’t Her Thing
Because she spent so much time helping out and working a job, OP didn’t do all that well in high school. So she decided to just skip college.
She Works Hard
Now, OP works at a convenience store close to home. She also works a second job alongside her mom at a local dollar store.
She Doesn’t Have Much Left Over
OP gives most of her paycheck to her parents to help with bills. She also saves about $100 a week, which leaves her just a little bit of spending money.
She Likes a Thrill
One of the things OP likes to splurge on are lottery tickets. She doesn’t buy them all the time, but she does enjoy the thrill of some scratch-off tickets now and then.
It’s Her Only Splurge
OP’s parents are very religious, and they think lottery tickets are both a waste of time and evil. But OP doesn’t really have any vices, so she plans to keep enjoying her scratch-offs.
And Her Splurges Paid Off
And not only does OP have fun with her tickets, they actually paid off for her.
She Struck Gold
Recently, OP won a decent amount of money through the lottery. It’s not millions or anything, but it’s enough that she’ll receive a weekly payout for 20 years.
She Got Help
Because she knows things can go south fast for lottery winners, OP went to the bank right away. They helped her find a lawyer and financial planner, and OP got her things in order.
She’s Sharing Her Good Fortune
Now, she’s put aside some money for her younger siblings’ college. And she has $5000 to give to her brother for his upcoming wedding.
She Tried to Keep Quiet
Other than that, OP has kept a low profile about her windfall. But she did make one big mistake.
She Spent a Little Too Much
Wanting to do something nice for her siblings, OP bought them a Switch and some games.
Mom Was Curious
When her mom saw the expensive gifts, she first scolded OP for dipping into her savings. But when OP told her she didn’t touch her savings, mom wanted to know more.
She Just Kept Digging
OP didn’t plan to tell her parents about her money, but her mom kept pushing and pushing.
She Spilled the Beans
Finally, OP felt like she didn’t have any choice, so she told her mom about winning the lottery.
It Was a Gift From Heaven
When she heard the news, OP’s mom said that the money was a gift from heaven. She said her daughter needed to tithe to the church.
She Doesn’t Even Believe
OP does go to church, but she’s not really a believer. And she definitely does not want to give up her winnings as a donation.
She Got the Boot
When OP told her mom she would not give her money away, the older woman told her to move out.
She’s on Her Own
So that’s what OP did, first moving into a motel, then buying a little apartment of her own.
Mom Wants Her Cash
Now, OP’s mother is harassing her, saying that she needs that money to retire. When OP refuses to cough it up, her mother says she’s selfish.
She Told Everyone the News
Even worse, OP’s mom has told all their family and friends about the money, and now they’re all hounding OP, too.
She Doesn’t Want to Share
With everyone telling her she’s an awful person for not sharing her winnings, OP wonders if she should just give in. But she has plans for the future and really wants to hang onto her money.
She Needs to Stand Her Ground
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP in her refusal to give up her money. They think her mom is way out of line for demanding that her daughter give her any money at all.
Some even turn the mom’s words against her and say maybe the money is from God, after all, so that OP would be able to get away from home.
“Get as Far Away as Possible”
Others think OP made a big mistake by telling her mom about the money in the first place. They advise her to get as far away as possible.
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