Most lottery winners are overrun with relatives hoping to share in their good fortune. But Xia Rattanakone, who with her husband Sommay won $55 million in the Mega Millions lottery last week, will be spending some of her cash actively searching for family members.
Besides retiring early, the Rattanakones plan to buy a new house and car and set aside money for college for their two children.
They also intend to help a Catholic orphanage in Laos where Xia was reared before she was adopted and brought to the United States. They will travel to Laos to research Xia's family history.
"I don't know my parents," she said. "That is my wish, to find them." [Link]