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With the Mega Millions lottery now estimated at more than $600 million, lottery players across the United States are fantasizing about that private Caribbean island or 10,000-square-foot mansion they'll buy with their Mega Millions jackpot, a lucky Canadian lottery winner has decided to go in a much different direction.
According to CTVNews, Tom Crist of Calgary has announced that he will donate his entire $40 million lottery jackpot to charity.
Crist won the Lotto Max drawing in May but did not claim his fortune until this Monday. And he's decided that every cent of the $40 million will go to a family foundation he founded and other charitable causes he supports. Charities that support cancer research and treatment will be included, Crist says, in honor of his wife who passed away two years ago from the disease.
Crist told reporters that he already led a good life and the money could be used better elsewhere, "I guess I've been fortunate enough through my career with the company to have a good living and look after my kids so I really don't need the money."
Crist says that after the initial shock at his amazing win, he decided to put the life-changing win out of his mind to deal with at a later point. CTVNews reports that Crist was able to keep the newfound millions secret from his children and everyone else for months.