Veteran who suffered brain injury wants to make world a better place with $65 million lottery win

Jul 16, 2021, 1:12 pm (12 comments)

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Nearly homeless at one point, winner now wants to help others get back on their feet

By Kate Northrop

EAST GWILLIMBURY, Canada — A veteran from the Canadian military who won a huge $65 million (US$51.6 million) Lotto Max jackpot was inspired by his past experiences to make the world better place with his newfound wealth.

Jansen Ng, 41, of East Gwillimbury, Ontario, won't let millions get to his head. Nearly homeless at one point in the past, the lottery winner wants to instill hope and positivity in the world by giving back to his community.

While out playing Pokémon Go, Ng stopped at Marina's Express Mart on Leslie Street in Sharon and picked up a Quick Pick ticket for the Lotto Max drawing held on Tues., July 6. As an occasional lottery player, he didn't expect to walk away a multi-millionaire following the draw.

"I had heard on the news that the jackpot had been won in my local municipality of York Region, but it didn't really click that it could be me," he recalled. "A few days after the draw, I went to check the ticket on a ticket checker, and the message said, 'Please See Retailer.' I thought the ticket checker was malfunctioning and decided to check the ticket at home on the OLG Lottery App."

The lucky winner couldn't believe his eyes when the "Big winner" message kept popping up, no matter which device he checked his ticket on. Still in utter disbelief, he went back to the retailer and scanned his ticket at a terminal, only to hear a chime that confirmed the shattering win.

The winning numbers for the Lotto Max drawing on July 6, 2021 were 10, 14, 25, 26, 38, 41, and 50, with Bonus Ball 49.

"I felt the responsibility of this win immediately," Ng said of the moment he discovered his win. "I wanted to be sure to use this money responsibly, so I felt my pastor was the best person to work that through with me. This is such a humbling experience."

"I see this as God's money," Ng continued. "I've just been entrusted to take care of it for a little while."

Ng's past experiences inspired him to figure out ways in which he could use the money to benefit the world around him. During his service in the military, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that forced him to retire. One of Ng's goals as a lottery winner and veteran is to help other veterans in similar situations cope with non-visible injuries that lead to a diminished quality of life.

"At one point, I was almost homeless because I didn't know how to deal with my injury," Ng explained. "I was struggling with making decisions, and some of the things I did were strange and irrational, but I kept the true cause hidden from the people around me."

"I hope to help some who are struggling as I did without having to face more personal hardships."

As someone who currently works with multiple charities, it's a no-brainer that he'll continue to support them, all the while investigating ways to set up multiple foundations and other non-profit organizations.

"I have travelled extensively over the years, saw much poverty and want to try to make the world a better place with some of this money," Ng related. "Lottery winnings used strategically and intentionally can impact the community far beyond just a simple donation."

Ng also plans on using some of the money to buy a new electric vehicle to replace his current hybrid car, but he is adamant that the winnings won't change who he is.

"I'm still going to be the guy who donates blood every two months and cuts his own hair," he said. "I have been cutting my own hair for the last 10 years, not as a result of the pandemic, and I think I do a pretty good job at it."

Regardless of whether you're a true lottery enthusiast or the occasional player like Ng, the winner of the $65 million jackpot had some inspiring words for those experiencing their own difficulties in life.

"People buy lottery tickets because of hope," Ng said thoughtfully. "Hope has been diminished a bit for some because of the pandemic, but I want to encourage everyone to hang in there. I've gone through a lot of hardship, but hope helped me to get up every time I've fallen," Ng said. "Look forward to tomorrow. Who knows? You might win the lottery as well."

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Comments

Mata Garbo

This gentleman seems like an especially caring and thoughtful person. The fact that his very first thought after confirming his win was to give back to others, says a lot. This particulor prize went to the right person at the right time. 

See Ya!Smile

MissKim1

That's great

sully16's avatarsully16

The world is already a better place with a man like him, congrats and enjoy. Party

MADDOG10's avatarMADDOG10

He's a Humble man with empathy and compassion for others. I wish him well.

nettaspark81

Congrats on your wonderful blessing. Bless people bless people🙏🏽

TheGameGrl's avatarTheGameGrl

Great demonstration of being transparent! A genuine heart doesn't need anonymity. 

 

Keep the hope alive.

four4me2

Congratulations Mister Ng and my prayer is that no one takes advantage of this good-hearted man.

rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

Very cool story!

Rman313's avatarRman313

That's awesome! I cut my on hair also. That would not change either! God Bless him! 🙏🏽

ekem6078's avatarekem6078

Congratulations on your win sir. This world need to be filled up with people like you. You are absolutely correct, . The good Lord gave it to you,because him knew your kind heart would share your fortune with those in need.   God Bless You Sir. Well Done

Blessings4All$

It's awesome to hear that there are still good people in this world. Congrats to this man. If I can be real for a minute. I myself suffered a TBI at birth. Because of this, I have short term memory issues. I also have tonic clonic seizures. I know what it's like to struggle with a traumatuc brain injury. If I won the lottery, I would do the same acts of service that this kind man has done. Keep up the good work sir. 

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Quote: Originally posted by sully16 on Jul 16, 2021

The world is already a better place with a man like him, congrats and enjoy. Party

Truly a man that understands about the importance of giving to charity and serving his country.  Thank you for being an example for future generations to learn from.Patriot

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