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This Lottery Winner Is Becoming Our Favorite New Millionaire

Laura Brothers


Bob Erb, 60, has been spreading his wealth around Canada since winning the lottery.

A Canadian man is proving that not all lottery winners wind up blowing their newfound wealth.

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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