Children Of Trans Taxi Driver Don’t Want Her Lotto Cash

The four children of a transgender taxi driver who won £4million on a scratchcard have said they do not want any of her Lotto fortune. 

Melissa Ede, 57, from Hull, said her children, aged 19, 29, 30 and 39, would not get a penny of her substantial windfall after they disowned her when she began her transition around 12 years ago.

However, the siblings have hit back at Ms Ede, formally known as Leslie  Laurence Ede.

Her youngest son, who wished to remaining anonymous, said he was just seven when his father Leslie walked out on the family.

Melissa Ede says her £4million lottery win is the perfect ending to her journey to womanhood

He told the Mirror: ‘He sent a birthday card with an IOU for £20. 

‘He took us to McDonald’s every other weekend, then stopped turning up. A few years back we went for a pint. He was still Les and gave a sob story and asked to borrow money. I would never ask for anything off him.’   

Ms Ede, 57, is well-known for her online videos which have received millions of views and she has thousands of followers on Facebook.

They mostly feature her singing in skimpy outfits with items often attached to her chest – including bottles of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.

The son said it was not her transition that made the family severe ties, but the videos that had ‘humiliated’ her children. 

While her 19-year-old adopted daughter Emily is also said to have told a friend that she wants to ‘keep as far away from her as possible’.

The pair have not spoken since they appeared on Jeremy Kyle last year and a DNA test proved that Ms Ede was not her biological parent.

While she has no plans to offer her children the cash, Ms Ede is now planning to marry her fiancee, Rachel Nason, buy a home and write her autobiography following the windfall.

She has also promised to reward her YouTube followers, who donated £5 and £20, to replace her rotting teeth. 

‘I know we should all love our children unconditionally but they cut me out of their lives,’ she told the Sun Online.

‘They weren’t there during my hardest times and rejected me.’

She added that she didn’t want ‘false love’ from them.

‘The people who have stood by me through thick and thin — it’s payback time for them,’ she added.

Ms Ede celebrated her win at a press conference in Willerby, near Hull, today after scooping a top prize of £4million on the Blue Scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore.

Ms Ede said she told staff at the garage where she bought the winning card: ‘You’ve just given me £4million – 2018 is going to be the best year ever.’

The former taxi driver has quit her job and that she is now looking forward to the wedding of her dreams.

She and girlfriend Rachel Nason have spoken of their love for each other online and they are now planning a wedding with Ms Ede’s winnings

Ms Ede has said a £4million scratchcard win is a ‘fairytale ending’ to her change of gender

She said: ‘I think there will be a wedding this year it will be a fantastic wedding as well it’s not going to be a normal wedding.

‘We instantly clicked when we met. We think alike, we post things on social media more or less saying same things at same time. Our birthdays are within hours of each other.

‘That initial meeting I knew I wanted that girl.’

She added: ‘I now want to help others in similar situations and believe my autobiography will do just this. What a fairytale ending. It is all just like a dream.’

She said: ‘I bought clothes for today. When I go clothes shopping it’s usually Primark in the sales but yesterday I didn’t even have to look at the price labels.

The taxi driver says she hopes to use her winnings to help others who want to change gender

The couple have written of their love on social media, where Ms Ede shares her videos

‘This is why I have these clothes on now. No way would I have paid this sort of money for clothes because what money I did have had to go on more essential things like eating.’ 

‘Last year had been a very bad year,’ she said. ‘Both my parents died. They hadn’t spoken to me in 12 years because they disowned me. I have no contact with any of my four children now.’

Ms Ede has has spoken about becoming a woman and revealed she had her operation on January 4, 2011.

‘Even without money I love my life, I love who I’ve become,’ she said.

The windfall was a complete change of fortune for the taxi driver, who was born Leslie Laurence Ede (above, when Ms Ede was Les)

‘Everybody used to look at me as this man Les, yet screaming out from inside was Melissa. I love being me regardless of anything.’

Camelot has previously been known for protecting its big lottery winners and will only name them if they choose to go public.

And while Ms Ede has not spoken out yet, she has hinted at it on social media posts.

Posting on Twitter on Monday, she wrote: ‘Tomorrow I will prove the impossible is actually possible. Stay tuned.’

She also tweeted the number four with laughing emojis.

Ms Ede arrives at Willerby Manor Hotel near Hull today for a press conference about her win

Ms Ede, from Hull, won the prize on the Blue scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore

Just last January, Ms Ede told the Hull Daily Mail that she was trying to raise £15,000 to get new teeth.

She said she had looked at options through the NHS but it ‘terrified’ her and believed that it was not the ‘suitable’ route for her.

At the time, she said: ‘It would raise my confidence. For some of the videos, I stick chewing gum across my teeth or hold my top lip down so you cannot see my teeth.

‘I get attacked a bit about my teeth on some of the videos.

‘They can call me what the hell they want. I am used to that but it would be nice to have the confidence to smile as I am doing it.

The 57-year-old hinted at her win in social media posts on Twitter earlier this week

Ms Ede appeared on Jeremy Kyle last year (above) to find out if her daughter Emily was biologically her child

She also spoke back in September about an audition she did for a German TV talent show.

‘I came out with a suit jacket on, a mask over my face and a trilby hat on,’ she said.

‘I came out as a man, started singing in a deep voice then after 10 to 15 seconds, I go to the other part of the performance which is similar to what I do in my online videos as myself.

‘The mask and suit jacket comes off and then I performed my song.

‘I wasn’t nervous whatsoever. I don’t get nervous anymore. I don’t know what it is, it’s like bring it on, let’s get this done.

‘It was a wonderful experience. It was exciting. It is something I never thought I would have done in my life. I got the audience involved and singing along.’

Ms Ede also made it onto the Mail’s Hull Sexy and Hull Power List in 2017. 

Last January, Ms Ede told the Hull Daily Mail she was trying to raise £15,000 to get new teeth

Ms Ede said she had looked at options through the NHS but it ‘terrified’ her and believed that it was not the ‘suitable’ route for her

Taxi driver from Gloucester scoops incredible £24million on the Lottery – despite FAILING to match all six numbers

A taxi driver scooped an incredible £24million on the Lottery – despite not matching all six main numbers.

The man, from Gloucester, matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the December 27 draw to win a total of £24,501,283, the biggest prize of 2017.

The top prize in the draw had to be won and, after no-one matched all six main numbers, the jackpot rolled down. 

The biggest lottery scoop of the year stands at £24,501,283 and has been claimed 

Both winners are expected to come forward to speak about their wins on Wednesday, the Mirror reports. 

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: ‘This is a fantastic prize from an amazing Lotto draw and we look forward to helping this ticket-holder settle into their new millionaire lifestyle.

‘Overall it’s been an amazing 2017 for National Lottery players, with a record 358 millionaires made.

‘I’ll be sure to have a glass of ice-cold Champagne with this ticket-holder to celebrate.’

Robert and Patricia Aldridge (pictured) are celebrating winning £1million on the Lucky Dip earlier this month 

The money will be paid out at a ticket validation appointment, which must take place when banks are open.

The ticket-holder will then decide whether to go public with their win.

The winning numbers were 18 – 36 – 48 – 57 – 58 – 5 and the draw had 21 prizes. 

The second biggest Lotto prize this year was in June when a player took home £21 million and the third in March, when a ticket-holder won £19.1 million.

Mrs Alridge, a care assistant, said she would still do her 12-hour shift on Christmas Day

The year’s biggest prize was won by an anonymous EuroMillions player, who banked £87million in June/

In the same month another anonymous ticket-holder scooped the year’s largest Lotto win of £21.3million. 

Christmas also came early for Patricia and Robert Aldridge who won £1million this December on a Lucky Dip.  

The couple, who live in a £290,000 house in Slough, Berkshire, are keeping their feet firmly on the ground, saying the hefty sum ‘won’t change a thing.

The family celebrated Christmas properly on another day as Mrs Aldridge had to work on the day in a care home. 

Earlier this year retired couple Tommy and Linda Parker won £5,014,254 in the Lottery draw.

The couple, from Prestonpans, East Lothian, won the huge sum in October and plan to build a house and go on a cruise together. 

They also hope to help out their children and grandchildren with the money.

Tommy and Linda Parker from Port Seaton, East Lothian, have won a massive £5,014,254 on the October 18 2017 Lotto draw

Luck was a lady earlier this year as a mother-of-four cancelled her benefits and moved out of her council house after a £14.5million lottery win just months after splitting with her ex-partner – who did not get a penny.

Beverley Doran, 37, bought the lucky dip ticket after winning £50 on the draw and became a millionaire after matching six numbers on EuroMillions. 

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