Jackpot winner Tom Crist cuts first $1.2 million cheque

Lottery winner Tom Crist smiles for a photo at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary on December...

Lottery winner Tom Crist smiles for a photo at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary on December 17, 2013. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

CALGARY -- Being at the cancer care centre where his late wife was treated triggers memories for Tom Crist.

A lot of them are sad -- his wife, Jan, died in February 2012 after battling the disease -- but it's a place he looks at with gratefulness and respect.

"They were so good to her here," said Crist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Tuesday. "They cared for her, they took really good care of her."

Crist was back at the centre to continue saying thanks for the care Jan received.

He's donated in the past, but on Tuesday he pledged a more sizable gift than usual -- $1.2 million -- thanks to his $40-million Lotto Max win, which was the largest prize ever won in Calgary.

Crist said he plans to use a family foundation he created after his wife's death to funnel all of his winnings from the May 3 draw to various charities over the years.


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