|Whoever said children shouldn’t be allowed to gamble? Eight-year-old Mary Janes set an example to adult punters when she gave away the $777 cash she won on a scratch-off ticket bought for her by her parents.|
As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Mary Janes walked into the Port St. Lucie Police Department Wednesday clutching a plastic purse stuffed with the cash. She handed over the money to police charity Operation Blue Angels. The charity buys toys, dinners and emergency supplies for needy families in Port St. Lucie.
Kelly was introduced to the operation last Christmas when her family stopped by a Port St. Lucie police station.
“It must have had a lasting effect on her,” said Marina Feeney, a Blue Angels volunteer. “Many kids who won that much money would be running to the mall all delighted.”
The girl’s mother Robyn Bateman said her family buys ten lottery tickets each Tuesday, two each for her, her husband, and three children.
Florida lottery rules do not allow children under eighteen to buy tickets, but they may receive their tickets as a gift and collect their winnings through a parent or guardian.