Man Wins 40 Million Dollar Lottery, Donates It All to Charity

Calgary resident, Tom Crist, won 40 million dollars playing the lotto and decided to donate it to charity. Here’s 5 Fast Facts about this amazing man.

1. Tom Was Inspired to Donate the Money Because of the Loss of His Wife


According to, Tom was inspired by the loss of his wife who passed away due to cancer last year in February.

Her and Tom were married over 33 years and had four children together: Nicky, Dallas, Mandy, and Rob.

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Tom’s daughter, Mandy, and his late wife, Janice, who he said was the inspiration for his unbelievable generosity. Image Credit: Facebook

2. Tom Says He Doesn’t Need the Money and Intended to Donate It Immediately


The National Post quotes Tom as saying, “I just retired at the end of September so I was fortunate enough in my career to set myself up and my kids anyway, and there was no doubt in my mind where that money was going to go, it was going to go to charity.”

Tom wants to donate some of the money to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre because this the facility that treated his wife, who suffered from cancer for six years. He also said that as of winning the lotto Monday, he had not told his children, but he has plans to consult with them regarding how the charity money should be distributed among different organizations.

3. Before He Retired, Tom Was President and CEO of EECOL Electric, a Canadian Company Once Valued at 1.4 Billion

A timeline from the EECOL website shows Tom Crist's rise to President and CEO, in addition to international growth.

A timeline from the EECOL website shows Tom Crist’s rise to President and CEO, in addition to international growth.

According to a 2010 Financial Post article, “Electrical products distributor Wesco International Inc said it will buy rival EECOL Electric Corp for about $1.14-billion to expand its presence in Canada and South America.”

The Wesco website shows EECOL as being purchased in 2012 and says, “EECOL proudly offers electrical and data communications products and services from some of the most high-profile, industry-leading manufacturers in the industry.”

4. Tom Subscribes to the Lottery


HuffPoCanada said, “Crist plays both Lotto Max and Lotto 6-49 by subscription, meaning players can pay for their selections for up to a year at a time.” Tom said, “Sometimes I’d get a cheque for $10 or $20, but I never expected this.”

The Canadian Lottery, in fact, offers three ways for players to subscribe: by mail, phone, and online.

5. The Jackpot Tom Won is The Largest Win in Calgary History


The previous record in Calgary was for 30 million dollars and won by a couple, reports Sun News.

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