December 20, 2013

Giving it all away

Hats off to the Canadian man who won $40m on lottery… and who will give it all away to charity in memory of his wife he lost to cancer

When Tom Crist's mobile rang on his way to play golf in May, the last thing he was expecting was a call to say he'd just won $40million (£24.5m) on the lottery.

Not knowing what to do with the money, Crist kept the win a secret even from his own four children, hung up the phone, and finished his round.  But yesterday 64-year-old went public, saying that he will donate every single cent to cancer charities after his wife Jan died from the disease in February last year, aged just 57.

Speaking to CBC News, the former company CEO said: '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.'

He added that his wife would be ecstatic to know he was donating the win, and says he will start with the Tom Baker centre who helped treat Jan during her illness.

The family, who are backing Crist's plan, will then set up a trust fund which will parcel out the rest of the money to various cancer causes over the years.
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 20, 2013 10:32 AM | Permalink