Canadian lotto winner plans to donate all $37 million to charity

Dec. 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An Alberta man who won a lottery jackpot of more than $37 million said he plans to donate every cent to charity in his late wife's honor.

Tom Crist, 64, of Calgary, said he plans to donate his jackpot from May's LOTTO Max, a subscription-based lottery game, to charities including the Tom Baker Cancer Center, which treated his wife, Jan, for lung cancer prior to her death last year at the age of 57, the Calgary Herald reported Tuesday.

He said the donations will be spread out over the course of several years and he has not yet selected the organizations to benefit from his windfall.

"Tom Baker will be one of them because they treated her," Crist said. "Tom Baker's dear to my heart, no question."

Crist said his four children will help him decide which charities will receive money.

"It's just going to unfold next year, so we'll decide as a family what we're going to do and how we're going to do it," he said. "The nice part is you can keep donating for years and years. It'll be in my family trust ... and we'll just carry on."

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