This wealthy, big-hearted woman is spending her lottery winnings in a fantastic way.

Back in 2013, Rachel Lapierre of Montreal, Canada, won the lottery.

She was to receive $1,000 a week — $52,000 a year — for the rest of her life. And what a difference that extra income has ended up making!

Well, not to her personally, really — but to lots of other people in need.

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Instead of keeping her lottery earnings, Lapierre has been giving it all away to charity — her own nonprofit.

"You know, money is money," she explained to BBC News. "When you [are] born, you don't have anything. And when you go, you're going with nothing. But you're going with your memories."

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Before winning the lottery, Lapierre — a former Miss Quebec beauty queen — already lived a relatively well-off life. Grateful for her privileges and good fortune, Lapierre had launched Le Book Humanitaire (The Humanitarian Book) — a nonprofit helping people not only in Canada, but countries like Haiti, Sengal, and India, as well.

Lapierre has been giving all of her lottery income to The Humanitarian Book to help even more people in need.

The nonprofit mostly runs off the generosity of volunteers and serves communities in a number of ways, she explained to Canadian talk show "Tout le Monde en Parle" last year — from donating food to the hungry to helping cancer patients with cooking and cleaning around the house.  

"We just try to promote good deeds," Lapierre told the BBC. "A good deed can be so many things. It can be [donating] a bike today, it can be food, it can be transport to go to the hospital, it can be just listening to someone on the phone because they're so lonely."  

If one good deed can go a long way, imagine what Lapierre's lifetime supply will do.

Learn more about Lapierre's story and Le Book Humanitaire in the BBC video below:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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