Canadian couple gives away $11.2M lottery winnings

What would you do if you won a $11.2M lottery jackpot? Probably the last thing on your mind would be to give it all away, but that’s exactly what this couple did (story here).

A Nova Scotia couple won $11.2 million from a lottery ticket in July and now every penny is gone.

But Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro didn’t spend any of it on themselves.

They say they decided to take care of family, organizations and institutions instead.

“What you’ve never had, you never miss,” said Violet, 78.

Married since 1974, the couple does not live large. They don’t travel, they don’t gamble (beyond playing the lottery) and they don’t buy what they don’t need.

“We have an old house, but we’re comfortable and we’re happy in it,” Violet said.

But the big win came at a difficult time in their lives: Violet was undergoing treatment for cancer that doctors discovered in the spring.

“That money that we won was nothing,” said Allen, choking back tears. “We have each other.”

Violet has been through surgery and finished her last chemotherapy treatment a week ago.

After the win, the couple took about a week to work out the details before embarking on their $11,255,272 spending spree.

They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Amazing story. Kinda makes you wish there were more people in this world like these folks. God bless them…

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They could have been living "Large"

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2 Responses to “Canadian couple gives away $11.2M lottery winnings”

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