As a former White House chef, Roberto Mendoza cooked for Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Donald Trump, and has served a chef for the Academy Awards. Since leaving the White House, he's been managing a restaurant and cooking for the homeless in Charlotte, North Carolina. His mother recently traveled to the U.S. from Guatemala for a visit, and while with him, she got a "lucky feeling" and told him to buy a lottery ticket.


He does not like to gamble, but on her advice he bought a $5 scratch-off ticket from a local convenience store and was stunned to find he'd won the top prize of a quarter million dollars. After taxes, he took home $176,876, and plans to use every cent to finish building a kitchen that will feed the homeless in the Dominican Republic.