The dream of being able to go from rags to riches is one that everyone fantasizes about. Who wouldn’t want to quit their job, move to a mansion, pay off their family’s debts, travel the world and fly in a private jet? For most, though, these dreams are out of reach…unless they’ve got a little luck on their side.
The odds of winning the lottery are low. Dismally low. CBC News reports that you are more likely to be killed by a flesh eating disease or by lightning than you are to win the lottery. In fact, you are three times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident driving 16 kilometres to buy your ticket than you are likely to actually win the jackpot with that ticket.
However, it does happen. The lucky few who win are faced with figuring out how to spend more cash than they have ever been able to fathom having. The way that some winners choose to spend their windfall is unusual, to say the least.
5. Robert Erb: Donated money to causes he believed in….including legalizing pot
British Columbian Robert Erb won $25 million in a Lotto Max draw in November 2012. The seasonal construction worker was already a man with a big heart, and was known around his town of Terrace for helping those in need. His lotto winnings only amplified his giving.
In the first year since his winnings, Erb says he estimates he has spent over $8 million in charitable donations and gifts to individuals. These donations include 10 cars bought for people in need, $300 000 in dental care he purchased for people who otherwise couldn’t afford it, $70 000 to help improve the building of the local community association. He left a $10 000 dollar tip at a restaurant in Chamberlain, Saskatoon, after hearing that the owner’s daughter had been diagnosed with cancer.
Also, Erb is into the herb, as it were. The 61-year-old grandpa is also an avid marijuana smoker, smoking a reported half an ounce a day in 15 joints. He likens this to taking multivitamins as a preventative health measure. Erb donated a cool $1 million to supporting the legalizing of marijuana, and events that support it, like 4/20.