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Winner donates $40M: Son calls father a role model, money given to cancer fund

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A winner who will donate $40M to charity, including a cancer fund near and dear to his heart, has recently been called by one of his sons a true role model. While some in the U.S. public wondered how the four children of this big Canadian lottery winner were going to react upon hearing that their father was giving all of his newfound money away, if they were expecting some bitter children, they would be wrong. Newser shares in an update on this generous story this Wednesday, Dec. 18, that one of the recipients of the donation will be a cancer fund following the winner’s wife dying from cancer just two years ago.

The winner donating $40M is Tom Crist of Canada, a man hailing from Calgary. He recently told local news stations interviewing him on his tremendous $40 million prize that he doesn’t need the money, but different cancer charities certainly do. The 64-year-old man has promised to donate his whole jackpot before the end of 2014, all in honor of his wife passing away a couple years ago, who died of cancer. He has so far given $1.2 million to the cancer center where she was treated.

The man’s four children are in full support of their father, and believe that he is a true role model for not only other winners, but for the world. His kids have similarly pledged to help him find where their father’s big winnings are going to go, and aren’t keeping any of the money for themselves.

Notes one of Tom Crist’s sons in a recent statement on the winner donates $40M story (via CBC News):

"He’s our role model … Yeah, it’s cheesy and cliché, but it’s true."

Crist has said he is lucky to have won, but that having done well for himself economically already in life, he knows he can put the money to better use than he ever could.

"I'm fortunate enough that I’ve done well for myself ... financially," he tells the Calgary Herald. "I don’t need the money."

The Canadian winner was forced to reveal his $40M winnings to the public by Calgary law. It is said that he kept his earnings secret at first to be an anonymous donor, and discovered he won the lottery prize all the way back in July.

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