Human Generosity

Everyone reacts to sudden wealth very differently, and whilst some choose to live the high life, others prefer to treat their friends, families and even strangers! We take a look at some of the most generous lottery winners of all time.

  • Nigel Page and Justine Laycock

In 2010, Nigel and Justine won £56 million on the Euromillions and decided to give their cleaner Denise Kelso their £400,000 house and their £19,000 Honda Civic as a thank you for her hard work cleaning their property for the last four years.

  • An anonymous French winner

According to an article in The Guardian, in 2014, an unmarried man in France scooped the €72 million jackpot and decided to give away €50 million of it to a dozen charities working for the disadvantaged.

  • Allen and Violet Large

World Lottery Club recently published an article about the Canadian couple who donated 98% of their $11.3 million win to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, fire department, churches and their local hospitals, the latter of which had treated Violet for ovarian cancer.

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  • Ray and Barbara Wragg

After winning £7.6 million in 2000, the couple from Sheffield have given away £5.5 million to helping family, friends and other good causes including donating £10,000 towards the first MRI scanner in Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Hospital’s Teenage Cancer Unit and £12,500 to send 60 Monte Cassino veterans to the battlefields where they fought. Each year they take a group of children to watch a Christmas pantomime and pay for 12 children to have a week at Whirlow Hall Farm.

  • Tom Crist

In 2013, Canadian Tom Crist won $40 million and decided to donate it all to charity in honour of his late wife.

  • Bob Erb

After winning $25 million in the Canadian Lottery in 2012, Bob has given away around $7 million including a $10,000 tip to a restaurant owner whose daughter had cancer and $300,000 to pay for dental care for Terrace residents who couldn’t afford it.

  • Sheelah Ryan

In 1988, Sheelah won $55.2 million and gave away the money until she died of cancer in 1994. She set up the Ryan Foundation which built low cost housing, helped the poor and paid rent for single mothers. Pensioners and the homeless were also helped through the foundation.