A Calgary man who recently won a $40-million lottery prize has kept it a secret…until now. What will he buy? What will he pay off? What will he bank?
None of it.
Meet Tom Crist. A 64-year-old man who pledged to donate every cent to charity…in memory of his wife.
“I lost my wife to cancer two years ago,” he said. Jan, his wife of 33 years, died in February 2012 at the young age of 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.”
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.”