Canadian couple who won 11.2m dlrs lottery donate the money to charity

Friday, November 5, 2010

LONDON - A Canadian couple, who won a lottery of 11,255,272 million dollars, has given away all the money to charities, friends and hospitals.

According to the Toronto Star, Allen, 75, and 78-year-old Violet Large found the money to be a “big headache”, and after they decided not to go on a spending spree, they donated it all.

“What you’ve never had, you never miss,” the Daily Mail quoted Violet as saying.

The two have been married for 36-years, and when they retired in 1983 they moved from Ontario to Lower Truro, Nova Scotia, for a quieter life.

“We were pretty well set, not millionaires, but comfortable,” Allen said of their financial set-up before the lottery win in July.

At the time Violet was undergoing treatment for cancer and the pair feared being taken advantage of by “crooked people”.

“That money that we won was nothing. We have each other,” he stated.

Hospitals in Truro and Halifax, Nova Scotia, their families, the local fire department, churches and cemeteries, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army were among the main beneficiaries.

The Larges have not disclosed how much they gave to each organisation but said they are humbled and thankful for the phone calls and letters of gratitude they have received.

“It made us feel good. And there’s so much good being done with that money. We’re the lucky ones. I have no complaints,” Violet added. (ANI)

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