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Winner donates $40M: Man gives entire lottery winnings to charity

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A lottery winner will donate $40M to charity in honor of his wife who died of cancer. A lottery win is a beautiful thing, especially when it is a massive amount such as $40M. Tom Crist, a Calgary man who won a $40-million lottery jackpot, said that he will donate his entire winnings to a family foundation he started, according to a Dec. 16 CTV News report.

Crist was the lucky winner of the Lotto Max jackpot on May 3. When asked about his decision to donate his $40M fortune, Crist gave the following statement.

“Cancer is a big one because my wife passed away from cancer, two years ago in February. I just retired at the end of September so I was fortunate enough in my career to set myself up and my kids anyway, and there was no doubt in my mind where that money was going to go, it was going to go to charity."

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But why would someone give away millions without even spending a dime for their own enjoyment? "I do not really need the money," said Crist.

Regarding the winner's $40M donation, lottery corporation spokesperson Andrea Marantz stated that it's not unusual for lottery winners to donate some of their winnings, but donating the whole amount is rare.

"I think it's extraordinary. The idea of donating that large a sum of money is certainly beyond most people's ability to comprehend."

The $40-million prize is the largest ever for a Calgary winner.

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