Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
The time is now 3:18 pm
You last visited October 31, 2014, 3:06 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Canadian couple gives away entire $11.2M lottery jackpot

Canada 6/49Canada 6/49: Canadian couple gives away entire $11.2M lottery jackpot
54
Rating:

LOWER TRURO, N.S. — A Nova Scotia couple won $11.2 million from a lottery ticket in July and now every penny is gone.

But Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro didn't spend any of it on themselves.

They say they decided to take care of family, organizations and institutions instead.

"What you've never had, you never miss," said Violet, 78.

Married since 1974, the couple does not live large. They don't travel, they don't gamble (beyond playing the lottery) and they don't buy what they don't need.

"We have an old house, but we're comfortable and we're happy in it," Violet said.

They spent 30 years in Ontario where Allen was a steel welder and Violet worked for cosmetics and chocolate companies. They retired in 1983 and returned to Nova Scotia.

"We were pretty well set, not millionaires, but comfortable," said Allen, 75.

So when they hit it big in Lotto 6-49's July 14 draw, they decided to give it all away.

All that money "was a big headache," Allen said.

Violet said she was concerned about "crooked people" who might try to take advantage of them.

But the big win came at a difficult time in their lives: Violet was undergoing treatment for cancer that doctors discovered in the spring.

"That money that we won was nothing," said Allen, choking back tears. "We have each other."

Violet has been through surgery and finished her last chemotherapy treatment a week ago.

After the win, the couple took about a week to work out the details before embarking on their $11,255,272 spending spree.

They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages' worth of groups they had decided on, including the 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.

The list goes on and on.

The couple won't say how much they gave each group, but they've received plenty of phone calls, letters and plaques of gratitude. While they're thankful for each one, they didn't do it for the recognition.

"It made us feel good," said Violet. "And there's so much good being done with that money."

She and her husband said they feel privileged to be able to give back to the community, to help the firefighters, the doctors and nurses and the volunteers who have helped them.

"We're the lucky ones," Violet said. "I have no complaints."

News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

Toronto Star, Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

49 comments. Last comment 4 years ago by rdgrnr.
Page 1 of 4
gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
da bronx,city island,n.y.
United States
Member #30516
January 17, 2006
333 Posts
Offline
Posted: November 4, 2010, 8:39 am - IP Logged

That is just so sweet ....they have each other...brings a tear to this bronx boy..only wish them the bestPartyUS FlagParty

    dpoly1's avatar - driver
    PA
    United States
    Member #66141
    October 16, 2008
    1453 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: November 4, 2010, 9:38 am - IP Logged

    Allen and Violet ......................

    Livin' their dream .......................

    How sweet it is ! Dance

      Avatar

      Honduras
      Member #20982
      August 29, 2005
      4715 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: November 4, 2010, 10:46 am - IP Logged

      If people in the, USA or other countries you see them all the time giving away money to charity and stuff, what you think would be the same with Canada...

      The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


       


       


       

       


        Avatar

        Honduras
        Member #20982
        August 29, 2005
        4715 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: November 4, 2010, 10:54 am - IP Logged

        they could had with: $11 Million buy 22 rental apartments of 8-12 stories with 4 apartments on each floor around the world or in Canada...Each costing: $600,000 to $700,000 construction cost...

        and make the Earnings be donated to Canadians Institutions...They would had donated: between: $6 Million to $7.6 Million dollars per year...

        And help out in this rising cost of Real Estate....They could had helped out in Sweeden i think it is which is the most expensive city in the world....

        $600 a month people will had pay in their apartments...

        Their families would had taken: $1 Million each year from the apartments and the rest is/would have been donated...

        The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


         


         


         

         


          Avatar
          Monkey Butt, USA
          United States
          Member #54569
          August 23, 2007
          1124 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: November 4, 2010, 11:50 am - IP Logged

          A Nova Scotia couple won $11.2 million from a lottery ticket in July and now every penny is gone.

          But Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro didn't spend any of it on themselves.

          They say they decided to take care of family, organizations and institutions instead.

          "What you've never had, you never miss," said Violet, 78.

          Married since 1974, the couple does not live large. They don't travel, they don't gamble (beyond playing the lottery) and they don't buy what they don't need.

          "We have an old house, but we're comfortable and we're happy in it," Violet said.

          They spent 30 years in Ontario where Allen was a steel welder and Violet worked for cosmetics and chocolate companies. They retired in 1983 and returned to Nova Scotia.

          "We were pretty well set, not millionaires, but comfortable," said Allen, 75.

          So when they hit it big in Lotto 6-49's July 14 draw, they decided to give it all away.

          All that money "was a big headache," Allen said.

          Violet said she was concerned about "crooked people" who might try to take advantage of them.

          But the big win came at a difficult time in their lives: Violet was undergoing treatment for cancer that doctors discovered in the spring.

          "That money that we won was nothing," said Allen, choking back tears. "We have each other."

          Violet has been through surgery and finished her last chemotherapy treatment a week ago.

          After the win, the couple took about a week to work out the details before embarking on their $11,255,272 spending spree.

          They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages' worth of groups they had decided on, including the 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.

          The list goes on and on.

          The couple won't say how much they gave each group, but they've received plenty of phone calls, letters and plaques of gratitude. While they're thankful for each one, they didn't do it for the recognition.

          "It made us feel good," said Violet. "And there's so much good being done with that money."

          She and her husband said they feel privileged to be able to give back to the community, to help the firefighters, the doctors and nurses and the volunteers who have helped them.

          "We're the lucky ones," Violet said. "I have no complaints."

          News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

          I am so happy for them. I hope they set aside enough to cover the medical bill that might roll in after the cancer treatment. Not sure about the Canadian medical system. I wish Ms Violet nothing but a 10,000% recovery from the cancer she had to deal with.

            HaveABall's avatar - rocket

            United States
            Member #72448
            March 18, 2009
            987 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: November 4, 2010, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

            Kudos, LotteryPost, it is interesting to read how each double-digit, net multi-millionaire lottery jackpot winner "spends" their win monies.  I enjoyed reading that they included family members in the distributions. 

            Since this couple could be alive for another 20 years, I hope that they at least kept $2.5 million for themselves though, regardless of telling the media they gave it all away within 3 months. 

            Perhaps now the Larges could enjoy a long, fun Alaskan and Hawaiian cruise together each year ... could enjoy living LARGE!Cheers

            Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

              Avatar
              California
              United States
              Member #80929
              October 7, 2009
              93 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: November 4, 2010, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

              pumpi76 said:  "they could had with: $11 Million buy 22 rental apartments of 8-12 stories with 4 apartments on each floor around the world or in Canada...Each costing: $600,000 to $700,000 construction cost..."

              It's a common misconception that Lotto winners collect the entire amount of the stated jackpot. Actually, the amount Lotto winners collect, after receiving the cash payout and deducting taxes, is about a third. The amount they actually collected was about $11.2/3 or $3.73 million.

              I do see your point about purchasing apartment buildings and then renting them out. However, you're forgetting that apartment buildings have taxes, upkeep costs, repair costs, and labor costs involved. If a landlord is lucky, he can use one apartment to give for free to a maintenance man. However, the landlord would still need to pay at least a partial salary. In addition, the landlord would need to pay for any materials costs for any repairs.

              Finally, and most importantly, you have the biggest problem especially in this economy. Occasionally you will have a renter who cannot or will not pay his rent. Then you have to legally evict the offending renter. Some will go willingly, some you will need to hire an attorney to institute removal procedures. Attorney fees can run as high as $350/hour! In some legal districts, especially in urban areas, tenant eviction can be a lengthy and expensive process, taking many months! Meanwhile, while the landlord is waiting to evict the offending tenant, the tenant is still in your apartment sitting there angry at you. He can do whatever he pleases to your apartment, punching holes in the drywall, smashing the fixtures, ripping out electric wiring, etc... Then, one day, the tenant can simply disappear and you're left with a smashed up apartment you will need to repair and the security deposit only covers a fifth of the repairs.

                Avatar
                Nassau
                Bahamas
                Member #84279
                December 26, 2009
                1285 Posts
                Online
                Posted: November 4, 2010, 12:29 pm - IP Logged

                pumpi76 said:  "they could had with: $11 Million buy 22 rental apartments of 8-12 stories with 4 apartments on each floor around the world or in Canada...Each costing: $600,000 to $700,000 construction cost..."

                It's a common misconception that Lotto winners collect the entire amount of the stated jackpot. Actually, the amount Lotto winners collect, after receiving the cash payout and deducting taxes, is about a third. The amount they actually collected was about $11.2/3 or $3.73 million.

                I do see your point about purchasing apartment buildings and then renting them out. However, you're forgetting that apartment buildings have taxes, upkeep costs, repair costs, and labor costs involved. If a landlord is lucky, he can use one apartment to give for free to a maintenance man. However, the landlord would still need to pay at least a partial salary. In addition, the landlord would need to pay for any materials costs for any repairs.

                Finally, and most importantly, you have the biggest problem especially in this economy. Occasionally you will have a renter who cannot or will not pay his rent. Then you have to legally evict the offending renter. Some will go willingly, some you will need to hire an attorney to institute removal procedures. Attorney fees can run as high as $350/hour! In some legal districts, especially in urban areas, tenant eviction can be a lengthy and expensive process, taking many months! Meanwhile, while the landlord is waiting to evict the offending tenant, the tenant is still in your apartment sitting there angry at you. He can do whatever he pleases to your apartment, punching holes in the drywall, smashing the fixtures, ripping out electric wiring, etc... Then, one day, the tenant can simply disappear and you're left with a smashed up apartment you will need to repair and the security deposit only covers a fifth of the repairs.

                In My opinion these people are content with their lives and giving away the money gave them the ultimate pleasure....It was a fantastic thing they did. I strongly believe their age and life experiences had allot to do with their decision. We all walk different roads, Let's just pray that at that age we all will be in a position to do for others and help others the same as they did. God bless their kind Souls.

                  savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
                  adelaide sa
                  Australia
                  Member #37136
                  April 11, 2006
                  2797 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: November 4, 2010, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

                  what can i say, sure they could have done a myriad of things but they did what they wanted, and as far as altruism , ive never seena more generous act in my life.  now if a 30 yo couple did it i might think even more of them.

                   

                  big round of applause.

                  Cheers

                  2014 winnings

                  JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;  APR -$96.05 MAY -$61.10; JUN $-85; JUL $-88.90; AUG -$144.10;  SEP - $127.30;

                  total tics= -$1194won= $375.15profit= -$819.25

                   

                    brownberry's avatar - dandy
                    long island
                    Bahamas
                    Member #73740
                    April 23, 2009
                    725 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: November 4, 2010, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

                    they will always be blessed. they did a good thing.

                      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
                      United States
                      Member #73904
                      April 28, 2009
                      14903 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: November 4, 2010, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

                      You don't see people as selfless as these very often.

                      God bless em.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

                      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

                       

                       

                        dphillips's avatar - littleuns
                        Albuquerque, New Mexico
                        United States
                        Member #5128
                        June 18, 2004
                        377 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: November 4, 2010, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

                        Wow, what a noble, unselfish gesture -- that's a hard act to follow! Not every lottery winner can be that generous to the extend they are left with nothing left. The couple seem content and they're definitely not materialistic. Eleven million tax free dollars can be used to help others. However, to be honest with you, I wouldn't be that generous -- maybe some to my favorite charity -- but not all of it. I definitely have to think about my financial future, too, and that's not being selfish.

                        See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley


                          United States
                          Member #75358
                          June 1, 2009
                          5350 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: November 4, 2010, 3:54 pm - IP Logged

                          Wow, what a noble, unselfish gesture -- that's a hard act to follow! Not every lottery winner can be that generous to the extend they are left with nothing left. The couple seem content and they're definitely not materialistic. Eleven million tax free dollars can be used to help others. However, to be honest with you, I wouldn't be that generous -- maybe some to my favorite charity -- but not all of it. I definitely have to think about my financial future, too, and that's not being selfish.

                          They did that because they are nearing the end of their lives, so they wanted to do something noble before leaving this Earth. I doubt a couple who were in their 20s would do the same.

                            jeffrey's avatar - moon
                            Hamilton, OH
                            United States
                            Member #4162
                            March 27, 2004
                            277 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: November 4, 2010, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

                            I would be happy to give some to the local animal shelters, habitat for humanity, leukemia/lymphoba society, etc. These people make a difference in the world.