Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Nov. 04, 2010 11:38AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 04, 2010 11:44AM EDT[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Green"]Nova Scotia couple give away $11-million lottery windfall
Four months after cashing in an $11-million lottery ticket, Allen and Violet Large have nothing to show for their winnings.
Nothing material, that is. A long list of local charities are reaping the benefits of their decision to give away the money – and media from around the world are picking up on their story.
But the humble couple who retired to rural Nova Scotia didn’t set out to make headlines.
“We didn’t do it to get recognized,” Ms. Large said in an interview Thursday morning. “Why spend money when you already have everything you need?”
It made no difference that the winnings made it possible to buy things never feasible on working-class salaries. They drive a five-year-old truck and a 13-year-old car, have no microwave or voicemail and live in a 19th-century home that is paid off.
The Larges are content with what they have. So when they looked for a way to use their money, it didn’t occur to them to splurge on personal treats.
“We haven’t spent even one penny on ourself,” Ms. Large said. “We’re not travellers and we’re not high-class people. We live in an old house, but we’re comfortable.”
Instead they doled out some of the money to immediate family and then drew up a list of worthwhile charities. The list quickly stretched to several pages – ranging from animal protection to churches to health care. Ms. Large is recovering from cancer and the hospitals that treated her got an extra chunk, her husband said.
“We wanted to look after our community and make sure they all had some,” Mr. Large explained. “We have a little bit left, not that much. But we had sufficient before. We worked for 30 years and put some away each year.”[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Red"][B]It's amazing that this couple gave all to charity!
They are rich beyond the imagination of mere mortals
God bless them. [/B][/COLOR]