Millions of people buy lotto tickets each week with near-religious fervor, hoping for some kind of a payoff. Many aren’t even that ambitious. While the grand prize would be nice, a few hundred or thousand dollars can make the entire ritual worthwhile.
So imagine what veteran players must be thinking of Tom Crist, the Calgary man who won the $40 million lotto prize — only to give it all away.
“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 into the future. I don’t really need that money,” the former CEO of an electrical wholesale company told CBC.
Crist’s wife, Jan, lost her battle with cancer two years ago at the age of 57. She had been fighting it for six years before it eventually took her life.
That’s why Crist would rather see the money to toward cancer research than line his own ample pockets.
Besides, as he told reporters, he’s really not into the whole publicity thing.
“I was hoping that I could just somehow move it into, you know, from the lotto corporation into my trust account and not have the media,” Crist explained.
Instead, this low-key and generous family man will spend his days golfing in happy anonymity. But not to the grateful recipients of his charity — or to people who appreciate humility and selflessness.
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