Canadian Lottery Winners Sharing the Wealth with First Nations

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I love this story, which came across my desk this morning. It’s about a Manitoba, Canada couple, members of the Sagkeeng First Nation community. They won a Nov. 6 Canadian lottery worth $47 million in USD. The game, incidentally (for all of you reading this outside Canada) was Lotto Max.

The community is north of  Winnepeg.

So, what have they done with the cash?

Sink it back to their community in a number of ways that are pretty cool.

Kirby and Marie Fontaine have outfitted a hockey team and set their sights on a hot meal program at a school on Sagkeeng First Nation.

The reaction to what they did was amazing. That a lottery winner would personally outfit a local hockey team from top to bottom with new gear.

The Fontaines only asked one thing:  that team members be role models in the community ” drug and alcohol free.

“The only thing Kirby asked of the boys was for them to lead a good life. Make good choices. Stay away from the alcohol and drugs, and give your old equipment away,” said the team’s coach.

The Fontaines have been making inquiries at a local school to take over the hot lunch program. According to school staff, the couple have said they don’t want anyone in the community to go hungry.

The school doesn’t want to be named until the Fontaines are ready to make the official announcement.

Now that’s what I call giving back to the community.

GAMES WE PLAY:

There was no Powerball jackpot winner in the Dec. 5 game so the jackpot rolls to $52 million on Dec. 9. The winning numbers were 27, 39,41,48,58 and the Power ball 17. 5 tickets matched the first five numbers and each of those tickets is worth $200,000. They were bought in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Congratulations, winners.

The Mega Millions jackpot on Dec. 8 has grown to $83 million, the biggest lottery jackpot in the world, currently.

And with no jackpot winner in the Euro Millions game on Dec. 4, that jackpot rises to 43 million euros, or about $69 million USD for the next drawing, Dec. 11.

CHRISTMAS GIFTING:

For all you guys who like weird and wonderful stories about winners, collected over the past 10 years (when I was IN the lottery business), check out my book. Just click on the cover to the right. It will take you to the publisher’s page and then you can buy it. Also available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Book was intended to be a fun read. Lots of stories, history of the lottery, how to play, strategies, lump sum vs. annuity arguments, etc etc.

Hope you like it.


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