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Anonymous donor gives church $100k winning lottery ticket

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BOSTON — You could call it a Christmas miracle. Somebody won a $100,000 lottery ticket and instead of cashing it in themselves, they handed it over to a church for a higher use.

A donor gave the lottery winnings to Saint Anthony' Shrine, the same church that was robbed earlier in December. The money will go toward feeding and providing community outreach services to the less fortunate and homeless, Father Thomas Conway said.

"He's really really touched people and inspired them and made them feel better about humanity to tell you the truth," Conway said of the anonymous donor.

"Talk about the Christmas spirit, what's better than that than sharing what you have with the poor," Mary Anne Rooney-Hegan, the church's development director said.

Worshipers learned of the donation and they were in awe.

"I love that. I would love to be able to do that," Paula Stanziani, a worshiper, said. "I think that's so amazing."

Church officials aren't sure if the anonymous donor is rich or poor, all they know is he is an older man. But, they do know he is rich at heart.

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Posted: December 21, 2016, 5:17 pm - IP Logged

You could call it a Christmas miracle. Somebody won a $100,000 lottery ticket and instead of cashing it in themselves, they handed it over to a church for a higher use.

A donor gave the lottery winnings to Saint Anthony' Shrine, the same church that was robbed earlier in December. The money will go toward feeding and providing community outreach services to the less fortunate and homeless, Father Thomas Conway said.

"He's really really touched people and inspired them and made them feel better about humanity to tell you the truth," Conway said of the anonymous donor.

"Talk about the Christmas spirit, what's better than that than sharing what you have with the poor," Mary Anne Rooney-Hegan, the church's development director said.

Worshipers learned of the donation and they were in awe.

"I love that. I would love to be able to do that," Paula Stanziani, a worshiper, said. "I think that's so amazing."

Church officials aren't sure if the anonymous donor is rich or poor, all they know is he is an older man. But, they do know he is rich at heart.

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Thats awesome!! Blessing from below. Amen!!

Trouble aint easy...oui pa pa!!

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    Happy California
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    Posted: December 21, 2016, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

     I believe in these types of safety nets. You never know who you are helping today and who will turn out to be a superstar in society. People who have fallen on hard times unexpectedly. Authors, inventors, single parents. 

    This gift will keep on going. The IRS does not get a cut now but will when these potential millionaires start winning and earning.

    Rudolph

     Chi ha danari, trova cugini. (He who has money finds many cousins.) Italian proverb

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      Posted: December 21, 2016, 6:09 pm - IP Logged

      Bless his or her heart for doing such an unselfish act of kindness.

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        Posted: December 21, 2016, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

        What an awesome inspiring gift; I'd love to be in the position to do that one day Big Grin Santa

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          Posted: December 21, 2016, 10:16 pm - IP Logged

          Luke 6:38.

          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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            Posted: December 21, 2016, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

            St Anthony Shrine.....tony tony turn around....something lost will be found..... what a win for them !

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              Posted: December 22, 2016, 7:26 am - IP Logged

              What a blessing. God works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.

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                Posted: December 22, 2016, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                 I believe in these types of safety nets. You never know who you are helping today and who will turn out to be a superstar in society. People who have fallen on hard times unexpectedly. Authors, inventors, single parents. 

                This gift will keep on going. The IRS does not get a cut now but will when these potential millionaires start winning and earning.

                Rudolph

                I Agree!You can say that again.

                Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                  Posted: December 22, 2016, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

                  St Anthony Shrine.....tony tony turn around....something lost will be found..... what a win for them !

                  I Agree!

                  Do remember that prayerBlue Angel for recovery, luckyshoes 

                  "St Anthony, St Anthony-

                  Please come around

                  Something lost and can't be found."

                   

                  Outstanding donation for St Anthony's Church & congregation in Boston

                   

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                    Posted: December 23, 2016, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

                    Maybe those monks can invest now in a authentic brewery to make nice money. They again can give back that money to the community. Another idea would be that they cultivate fruit trees and vegetables, keep chickens like they did hundreds of years ago. At least some monasteries were like that. ...


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                      Posted: December 25, 2016, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                      what a blessing! such a generous gift.
                      I hope the church as good officials that will put that money to good use!

                      "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"