A recent lottery winner in Canada did what many would not think of doing after winning a jackpot: he gave all of it to charity. Tom Crist, a 64 year old retired executive in the city of Calgary, didn’t spend any time thinking about what he wanted to do with his winnings. From the moment he was informed of his winnings, he knew he wanted to donate the money to charity, and the first charity he thought to give money to was a nearby medical center that took care of his wife who died of cancer. The entire amount was donated to cancer research to honor the memory of his late wife who died in February of 2012.
Mr. Crist was playing golf at the time he heard the news and said that he was shocked by what he was told, but he continued to play the rest of the game. Interestingly enough, he did not come forward and tell anyone that he had won the lottery for six months. Neither family nor friends knew that he had won such a large amount of money. It was the request of the lottery officials that Mr. Crist came forward to have his photo taken. The delay in doing so was to avoid having a lot of media attention that he simply did not want.
Mr. Crist is living in comfortable retirement, and he along with his family do not have a need for a large lottery jackpot, but because of the long fight his late wife had with lung cancer, medical research into fighting this disease is important to him. The first check he received was for 1.2 million dollars and was given to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He delivered the check in person and his arrival was unannounced, but the large donation came as a pleasant surprise to the foundation.
Although Mr. Crist is somewhat unique by donating all of his winnings, lottery winners tend to be generous with their winnings.