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Couple Win $11.2M Lottery, Then Give It All Away


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#1 sChiZoO14

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:36 AM

Allen and Violet Large figured they were lucky enough already.

So when the Canadian couple hit it big in the lottery this year, they decided to give it away -- all of it. Since their July win, the elderly couple has donated nearly every cent of their $11.2 million winnings to charity. Call it the Larges' largess.

"What you've never had, you never miss," Violet Large, 78, told The Chronicle Herald in Canada. She and her 74-year-old husband, who live in Nova Scotia, said they first made sure their family was taken care of. But then, she said, they decided the money was "a big headache."

So in a matter of just four months, they gave away the rest of their millions to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and local churches, according to The Chronicle Herald. They also donated money to the hospitals where Violet Large was fighting cancer this year.

The Larges play the lottery twice a week and say they'd never won more than $1,000 before this year. But July 14 was different. After choosing numbers in "Lotto 649" that day, Violet Large said she first thought they'd won only $10. Then, she took a closer look and was in shock. "'Oh my God,'" she said she told Allen that day at the couple's home, according to the Truro Daily News. "I said, 'Come and check these numbers.'"

But Allen Large, a retired steel worker, said he was more concerned with his wife's health than with the cash. "That money that we won was nothing," he said. "We have each other."

Violet, who has completed her treatment, told the paper that she and Allen were happy to be done with the money and have no interest in living extravagantly. "We're the lucky ones," she said. "I have no complaints." The humble couple, who did not immediately return a call for comment today from AOL News, will not say how much they gave to each charity.


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#2 onetwothreefour

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:48 AM

Saw this on the news yesterday, pretty amazing. I don't think I could do the same thing. Hope Mrs. Large will be alright, great people.

#3 SomeAsianDude

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 12:04 PM

I would have kept some of it and then maybe donate the rest of it to charity or whatever. But then again, they are old couples... they already enjoyed and experienced much of life as it is, whats the money gonna do for them? Very generous of them to give it away.

Edited by SomeAsianDude, 07 November 2010 - 12:06 PM.


#4 Di Lee-Anna

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:58 PM

It's really generous of them.. I don't think I'd have the strength to give it all away..

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:07 PM

"That money that we won was nothing," he said. "We have each other."

Thats so sweet! God bless them! Her having cancer probably made them want to do charity to help out others in more need than they are.!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:23 PM

Bless them. True acts of generosity of that type are very rare in this world. Such good people will surely get nothing but good fortune for the rest of their lives.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 12:39 AM

"That money that we won was nothing," he said. "We have each other."


It's true money can't by love and health.
I'm touched by their kindness. Such good people.


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 06:42 AM

Wow, good to see generous people like them.