As he passed through the Saskatchewan province in Canada, Bob Erb, a native of British Columbia, decided to stop at a small restaurant for a burger and fries, the Montreal Gazette's Emma Graney reports.
Erb and his girlfriend chatted with the owner as they ate, eventually learning that the owner's 25-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer.
On their drive home a few days later, they decided to stop back into the restaurant.
This time, Erb asked if he could pay by check. He scrawled $10,000 as the amount, signed it and told the owner, Chris Luther, to keep the change.
“It certainly lightens the load for us,” Luther said. “You kind of think: ‘Why would someone do that for somebody they don’t even know?’
For Erb, Luther's story hit him closer to home than he realized. The 60-year-old millionaire lost his son to cancer four and a half years ago.
Erb won $25 million in B.C.'s Lotto Max jackpot in November. These little acts of kindness have become a regular thing for the lottery winner. Recently, he gave a large chunk of change to a local school gymnasium to restore their floors. And after he bought his winning ticket at a Terrace, B.C. gas station, he went back to the store to give the staff $10,000 to $20,000 each for playing a part in his good fortune.
Of course, not all lotto winners spend their millions in the wisest ways...
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