Tom Crist, a lottery winner from Canada, made one of the most generous charitable donations by a lottery winner in history. After losing his wife to cancer, Crist won a lottery and pledged to donate all of his winnings to organizations fighting the disease. As Canada does not tax lottery winnings, Crist was able to donate the full amount of his $40 million prize.
It is worth noting that Crist’s donation is just one example of the generosity of lottery winners. Over the years, many lottery winners around the world have used their winnings to support charitable causes, ranging from cancer research to disaster relief efforts. In fact, according to a study by the UK’s National Lottery, over 6,600 lottery millionaires have been created in the UK since 1994, and many of them have used their newfound wealth to support various charitable causes.
During the Great Depression in 1931, reports of American citizens suffering from starvation were so widespread that colonial-era Cameroon in West Africa collected funds to aid them. The amount raised was $3.77, equivalent to approximately $70 in today’s currency.
Bulgarian man Dobri Dobrev, also known as Grandpa Dobri, spent his life begging for money and donated all the money he collected to charities, orphanages, churches and monasteries. He died in 2018, at the age of 103.
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies.
FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began.