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    Posted: Dec 18 2013 at 12:35pm

this is an example of someone winning who doesn't need it. I'm happy he's doing some good with the $.


(he sounds like some people I hear who say if they win they wouldn't tell a soul! LOL)





Calgary lotto winner Tom Crist to give $40M prize away

Retiree won the lottery in May, but kept it a secret until now

CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2013 4:14 PM MT 

Lottery winner to give away $40M prize
 

A Calgary man who won a $40-million lottery prize last May has kept it a secret until now, but says the money will go to charity in memory of his wife. 

Tom Crist was golfing in Palm Springs, Calif., in May when his phone rang. 

"As soon as I hung up from my cellphone call from Western Canada Lottery I never thought about it. We finished our lunch, we went out golfing. I’ve kept it a secret, even my kids didn’t know until today," said Crist on Monday. 

'I don’t really need that money.'- Tom Crist, winner of $40M lottery

Crist said that as soon as he got the call he knew where the money was going to go. 

"I lost my wife to cancer two years ago."

His wife of 33 years, Jan, died in February 2012. She was 57. 

Crist said cancer was a special concern, because of what happened to his wife. "She was fairly young and stuff. She beat it for six years before it finally caught up to her." 

The win is the largest prize ever given out to a Calgarian. (CBC)

Crist said he plans to put the money into a family trust fund to be doled out to charities he and his kids pick over the years. Charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Calgary's Tom Baker Cancer Centre will be at the top of that list, he says. 

“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." 

Crist retired as the CEO of EECOL Electric in late September of this year. The electrical wholesale company, with a head office is in Calgary, was sold in December 2012. 

Reluctance to go public 

Crist said his children were totally behind his plan, but asked why he didn't tell them about it sooner.

“I said, 'I just didn’t know how to deal with it.' 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," said Crist. 

"But, when you buy a ticket you’re subject to the rules of the lottery and that’s a picture and a notification — especially if it’s a big win."

So when Crist went in to have his picture taken he went for an understated look  — a ball cap and sunglasses. 

“They asked me, ‘Is that your natural look?’ and I said ‘Yep. That’s all you’re getting,’” he laughed.



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always to old ppl who already have money smh,
im glad he donated it though, that was thoughtful
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Quote But, when you buy a ticket you’re subject to the rules of the lottery and that’s a picture and a notification — especially if it’s a big win.


oh i didnt know you just couldnt take the check and runLOL

wonder why he played?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PurplePhase Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2013 at 12:45pm
^^I don't think all states in the US require that./

but with his nonchalant attitude , it doesn't sound like he was playing with intentions (or even dreams) of winning anyway. 


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Cry Beautiful. I hope the money goes to good use.
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Well damn must be nice to play and not even need it...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote femmemichelle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2013 at 2:06pm
I think that's awesome and all but why even play the lottery if he didn't want the money?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2013 at 2:15pm
There's always a few unclaimed prizes, could be lost tickets or not wanting to be revealed...
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I wonder what the charity is going to do with the money? F*ck that, there's no cure for cancer.
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Some people just like to gamble. It's just a habit for some people. Love that he is not being greedy and putting it towards those charitiable organizations.
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