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Couple give away millions of their lottery winnings

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A Canadian couple who won $11.2 million in a lottery back in July say they have given away $10.2 million of the prize money to groups in their community.

Allen and Violet Large, both in their 70s, said they were plain country folks who needed no more than “what we’ve got”.

The pair said they had donated about 98 per cent of the cash after helping their own family.

Married for 36 years, the couple gave the money to churches, fire departments, cemeteries, the Red Cross and hospitals, where Ms Large has undergone cancer treatment.

“We haven’t bought one thing. That’s because there is nothing that we need,” Mr Large, 75, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Large, a retired welder from Canada’s Nova Scotia province, added that he and his wife were quite content with their 147-year-old home and everything else they already owned.

“You can’t buy happiness,” he said.

The Larges have not disclosed how much they gave to each organisation, but said they are humbled and thankful for the phone calls and letters of gratitude they have received.

“It made us feel good,” said Violet. “And there’s so much good being done with that money.

“We’re the lucky ones,” she added. “I have no complaints.”

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