A retired Canadian couple won $11.3 million dollars in the lottery. But instead of spending the money on frivolous things like most would do, the couple gave all of the money away.
Alan and Violet Large told reporters:
“What you’ve never had, you’ll never miss.”
When the couple won the money in July, Violet Large was undergoing chemotherapy. But the couple couldn’t think about money then.
Alan Large said:
“That money that we won was nothing. We have each other.”
The couple decided that the money was too much of a “headache,” and that they were worried that “crooked” people might take advantage of them. So instead of burdening themselves with $11.3 million dollars, they decided to give it all away.
The couple made a two page long list of charities and organizations that could benefit from the money. Then, according to the Nova Scotia Herald, they gave the money to:
“Local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.”
Alan and Violet Large also gave some money to family members, and kept 2% for themselves, for a “rainy day.”
“We haven’t spent one cent on ourselves because we’ve been too busy getting everything looked after and with my health, I have to wait to get my health back to get the energy to do anything. We’re not travelers anyway. We live in the country and we’re proud of it. Money can’t buy you health or happiness.”
The couple has received phone calls, letters, and plaques of gratitude, but they didn’t give the money away for the recognition.
“It made us feel good. And there’s so much good being done with that money.”