While Celebrating Her Birthday, Ellen Gave Some Special Audience Members A $1 Million Gift

This is well-deserved.

It might be Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday, but her gift to a studio audience this week made it feel like they were celebrating theirs, too.

DeGeneres teamed up with Cheerios as part of her "One Million Acts of Good" campaign, which encourages people to go out and do good in the world, to award the audience $1 million that they would split among them.

But before the big reveal, DeGeneres took the time to applaud audience members for the work they've done.


"You have something in common," DeGeneres said on the show. "This audience is filled with people who are making a difference in the world by sharing good."

She made sure to highlight some of the do-gooders, such as Lori Gaines, a teacher who donated her kidney to a student's mother, Kenya; and John Hughes, who used his money to drive and deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey; and Dan McKernan, a man who quit his job to open a sanctuary for farm animals.

The reveal took place with the help of a box of Cheerios underneath audience members' seats and once they found out what it really meant, screams and tears of happiness ensued.

"You're all going to share this gift," DeGeneres said. "It's the biggest gift I've ever given anybody, ever. And I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good."

Watch the $1 million reveal below:


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