Serena Williams Tried To Deposit her First $1 Million Check At a Bank Drive-Thru

Serena Williams of the US smiles during the awards ceremony after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women’s singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2017. (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, but money has never gotten to her head.

“I’ve actually never played for money — I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy,” Williams told host Maverick Carter of “Kneading Dough,” an original series from the sport’s site Uninterrupted. “Not once did I think about a check.”

In fact, she was so unconcerned about cash, that when she got her first million-dollar paycheck, she didn’t spend it — or even take a photo of it as a keepsake.

She simply deposited it and let it be.

“I never touched [the money] — just put it in the bank,” she told Carter. “And I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this,’ and so I ended up going inside, so I was like … ‘Just put it in my account!’”

The 35-year-old, who made $27 million last year, credits her parents for teaching her the value of a dollar at a very young age.

“I never ever ever felt broke,” she told Carter. “Looking back, I’m like, ‘Wow, we lived in a two-bedroom house with seven people’ … I don’t know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. So I never felt when I came into money that I needed to go buy this [or that] because I never wanted anything, so it was a great way [to grow up].”

SOURCE: The Huffington Post – Elyse Wanshel