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Canadian Man Wins $40 Million Lottery And Gives It All To Charity

Canadian lottery winner gives his $40 miilion to charity.
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Mega Millions fever took over this week, thanks to the two winning tickets sold Tuesday in San Jose, California and Atlanta, Georgia.  Yes, two winners will split the $636 million jackpot.  But what about the Canadian man who won a $40 million lottery jackpot and is giving it all to charity? 

Tom Crist was on vacation in California when he got the winning  phone call informing him that he’d won $40 million.  Most people would’ve started brainstorming on how to spend it, who to tell, what to do next, etc.  Not Tom.  He didn’t tell anyone he’d won, including his kids.  They found out he’d won seven months later.

According to CNN, Crist immediately decided to donate every single penny of his winnings to charity in honor of Jan, his wife of 33 years who died of cancer almost two years ago.

I’ve been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company.  I did very well for myself.  I’ve done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so they can get looked after in the future.  I don’t really need that money.

The money will be placed in a trust and will be donated to charities picked by Crist and his children.

He didn’t want anyone to know and was hoping to remain anonymous, but lottery rules require a picture and an announcement.

Is that not one of coolest stories you’ve ever heard?  Even if he didn’t need the money, he could’ve given it to friends and family.  Instead, he’ll be helping charities that I’m sure could really use it.  Well done Tom Crist.  Perhaps he’ll inspire the Mega Millions winners to share some of their new wealth.

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