Pensioners Violet and Allen Large of Lower Truro, Nova Scotia won just over $11 million playing the Canadian lottery in July. The money is now gone.
It was a “big headache” said the couple, now in their 70s. They were living comfortably before the big win, but after becoming millionaires, they became concerned with being taken advantage of by “crooked people”.
The money has been donated to a list of charities more than two pages long. Beneficiaries included organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. The couple also gave to their local fire department, to churches and cemeteries in their area, and to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
“That money that we won was nothing. We have each other,” said Allen. Violet was also positive about their good deeds: “There’s so much good being done with that money. We’re the lucky ones. I have no complaints.”
The couple kept about two percent of the winnings for themselves, and are not looking forward to doing their taxes this year.