Billionaire Tom Crist didn't even know which numbers had won him $40 million in the May 2013 Canada Lotto Max game. Photo: CNN
Tom Crist was enjoying a trip to California, having lunch at a golf course in Palm Springs, when the call that could change his life came.
It was officials with the lottery in western Canada, and they were telling him he had won $40 million.
But instead of making plans for a big spending spree, Crist immediately decided that every dollar -- every single buck -- was to go to charity to honor his late wife.
His wife of 33 years, Jan, died almost two years ago of cancer. The lottery jackpot will be placed in trust and will be donated to charities he and his children pick.
"I've been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company," he told the CBC News. "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."
Crist played the lottery by subscription so he didn't get paper tickets.
"I wasn't even sure which game I'd won on, or what the numbers were," Crist said, according to a news release from the lottery. "I've paid for the subscription when I get the renewal notice every year, and then I just file it. Sometimes I'd get a check for $10 or $20, but I never expected this."
Crist retired in September as the president and CEO of an electrical products and services wholesale company.
The company was sold in late 2012. Reuters said the deal was for $1.14 billion.
Story: Steve Almasy, CNN.
Ken, I still cannot figure out how you do it!! For the past month I was winning moderate sums (about $30,00 to 40,00) in accordance with the LottoPredict (Lotto-80) results I looked at each time. Then this week I got $24,000 and this amount is not as large as some your winners but it was an unbelievable result for me and my family. Thanks and I'll continue to believe! Grant S.