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Winner donates $40M: Entire lottery went to charity in honoring late wife

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Can you believe it when you hear a winner donates $40M to a charity fund? Well, it happened in the case of Tom Crist, a lottery winner in western Canada. He got a phone call while golfing with some friends in California when lottery officials informed him that he won $40 million back in May.

A Dec. 18 report by CNN reveals that Crist did not hesitate in deciding to make every cent of the winnings go towards charity to honor his late wife who died of cancer two years ago. They were married 33 years.

"I've been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company," Crist told CBC News. "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 into the future. I don't really need that money."

It is not often that you hear a lottery winner donates $40M or any entire winnings to a good cause. Crist and his children will sit down and choose the charities they want to donate to. The kids are good with their father doing this. In fact, were not even aware their father had won the $40M because he waited seven months to tell them. Crist said he was not sure how to handle informing them of it. His golf buddies didn't even know he won the lottery when he got the news while swinging a golf club. Crist wanted to remain anonymous, but he was mandated to provide a photo and let the public know he was the big winner.

Crist won the large sum of money by playing in a lottery subscription. He plays games in advance, so no lottery ticket requires being checked. The $40M lottery winner said he wins between $10 and $20, but never thought he would win that kind of money.

Crist retired in September as a president and CEO of an electrical products wholesale company. The company was reportedly sold for $1.14 billion in 2012.

It is a heartwarming story to hear when a lottery winner donates $40M in funds to charities as not only a generous thing to do, but in an effort to honor a late spouse.



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