Teen Gives $500K Lottery Win to His Parents for Reason That'll Make You Smile

Boy gives lottery win to parents
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Very often teens get a bad rap, with many people -- including their own parents -- thinking of them as being fairly (and sometimes very) selfish. But one teen proved he's just the opposite. A 19-year-old from Michigan is giving his $500,000 lottery win to his parents. What an inspiration!

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The young man, who is choosing to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket -- a Golden Wild Time instant scratch-off game --- at a gas station.

"I stopped at the Sunoco for gas after giving a buddy of mine a ride and they had one Golden Wild Time ticket left, so I bought it," he told the Michigan Lottery. "I scratched off in the store and at first I thought they were playing a trick on me until I saw how excited they were about the ticket."

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You could totally see that happening, right? Thinking that the attendants are just having a bit of fun with you until you realized you're, in fact, a big winner. 

But rather than blow that money on a car or a one-of-a-kind spring break trip, this teen explains how he plans to spend his winnings. 

"I'm going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I'm going to give the rest to my parents," he told the Michigan Lottery. "My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine."

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Wow! How great is this guy? For parents, it often feels like from the moment you hear the words "Congratulations, it's a boy!" or "It's a girl!" your work begins and never ends. From changing diapers and packing lunches to constantly replenishing school supplies and organizing playdates, moms and dads do so much without ever hearing the two little words -- "thank you" -- that mean so much.

To know that there are kids out there who notice all that parents do and appreciate it gives all us parents hope.  

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When asked what it felt like to claim a large prize at such a young age, the teen told the Lottery, "It's just incredible, I can't get the smile off of my face."

We're pretty sure his mom and dad can't stop smiling either. Not only would this ease any family's financial burden, but his parents also know they've raised a kind and generous son who is appreciative of all they've done for him and his sister -- and that's priceless. 

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