When blankets arrived for the homeless and new cars appeared for those in need, people in the city of Terrace in British Columbia thought it must be magic.
It turned out the magic was coming from Bob Erb, 60, who won $25-million in a national lottery called Lotto Max.
Erb believes in sharing his wealth.
In fact, since he won the lottery about a month ago, he’s given away more than $7-million.
He has given money to the staff at the gas station where he bought the ticket.
He gave $20,000 to the man who sold him the ticket.
He’s given money and shoes to the homeless. And he’s helped support more than a dozen local businesses.
Erb has been buying lottery tickets for more than 40 years.
One day, the clerk he bought the ticket from accidentally rang up more “plays” than Erb had asked for. But he let it ride.
And it’s a good thing he did, because one of those plays hit the $25-million jackpot.
Erb’s generosity has helped his whole community.
The new vehicles he bought and gave away helped the car sellers have a better year.
And if people he chose didn’t need the vans, they passed them on to someone else in need.