Ohio Lottery winner makes big toilet paper donation

11:44 AM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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She's helping out those less fortunate, one pack of toilet tissue at a time.

It all started when Regina Jackson of Hamilton, Ohio, was laid off from her job and went to Reach Out Lakota in West Chester for help.

"I came and got food and everything from Reach Out Lakota and Faith Community," Jackson says.

Then, in a lucky twist of fate, Jackson won $1 million from the Ohio Lottery.

"I was just floored," she says.

The first thing that came to her mind was paying back those who helped keep her afloat by donating 5,000 rolls of toilet paper to Reach Out Lakota -- a necessity that isn't covered by food stamps and it's not the typical thing people think of when giving to charity.

"It's a basic necessity that people need, along with cleaning products and paper towels," Ian Murray of Reach Out Lakota says. "You don't get a lot of it, and it's nice to be able to hand out rolls to families."

When the local newspaper asked about the donations, Jackson made an off-handed comment: "If I could, I would donate a truckload of toilet paper, because it's one commodity that they only give you two rolls."

Word spread, and before she knew it, Procter & Gamble came forward to match her donation with a truckload of two-ply.

"I love it," Jackson says. "It's like paying it forward."

Jackson also donated some of her winnings to the Humane Society.


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