A trans woman who went on Jeremy Kyle to try and raise £15,000 for new teeth has won £4,000,000 on a Lottery scratchcard, it has been reported.
Melissa Ede, 56, is set to talk about her big win later today, detailing how she’s quit her job and is planning her wedding with her fiancee.
Camelot did not confirm the win, but local newspaper the Hull Daily Mail discovered that it was Ms Ede.
A statement from the lottery operator said: ‘A taxi driver from Hull is celebrating today after scooping a top prize of £4M on the £4 Million Blue Scratchcard from National Lottery GameStore.’
Melissa, 56, is well-known for her online videos which have received millions of views and she has thousands of followers on Facebook.
I will prove the impossible is actually possible.
— Melissa Ede (@MelissaEde) January 1, 2018
They mostly feature her singing in skimpy outfits with items often attached to her chest – including bottles of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.
Melissa was previously whittled down to the last few hundred in the world out of 200,000 people who applied to join a Space mission to Mars and has appeared on Jeremy Kyle and Judge Rinder.
Camelot has previously been known for protecting its big lottery winners and will only name them if they choose to go public.
And while Melissa 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.’
Melissa has also Tweeted the number four with laughing emojis.
Just last January, Melissa told the Mail how 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.
‘I get really nasty comments – ‘get your teeth sorted’ and I get called bugs bunny a lot.’
She also spoke to the Hull Daily Mail back in September about an audition she did for a German TV talent show.
She said: ‘I came out with a suit jacket on, a mask over my face and a trilby hat on.
‘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.’
Melissa also made it onto the Mail’s Hull Sexy and Hull Power List in 2017.