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Calgary Lotto Max winner Tom Crist plans to give every cent of his $40 million winnings to charity

Tom Crist

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KATIE SCHNEIDER | QMI AGENCY

Tom Crist has made history in Calgary — winning the $40 million Lotto Max, the largest lottery prize ever won in the city.

 But he doesn’t intend to keep a dime of it.

“The money is going all to charity,” he said when reached Monday.

After his late wife Jan died of cancer in February 2012, he started a family foundation, which he will use to channel the money to cancer-related charities over the years.

He said since winning the jackpot on the May 3 draw, his life hasn’t changed much, but he is glad he can make a difference with his plans to donate.

“I am happy I won because I can donate a lot of money to charity,” he said.

“Personally the money is going to do zero for me.”

The humble man said he doesn’t want any media attention, going so far as to cover most of his face during publicity photos.

Unlike most lottery winners, Crist didn’t have a ticket in his pocket to check, but rather won while playing by his yearly subscription.

Subscribers’ numbers are checked by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) after each draw and are automatically paid out any prizes won.

For any prizes worth more than $10,000, subscribers receive a phone call, as Crist did while on a golf trip in Palm Springs.

“I didn’t know what to think,” he said.

“I was speechless.”

Crist said he has received a cheque for $10 or $20 at times, but never expected he would win $40 million.

His jackpot breaks the $30 million record largest win in the city set in February by a Calgary couple.

His windfall also eclipses the previous largest prize won on a lottery subscription within WCLC’s prairies and north region of $3.7 million Lotto 6/49 scored by a Winnipeg resident in September 2007.

The winning numbers from May 3’s draw were 4, 6, 21, 26, 30, 34, 35.

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