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A man from Ottawa, Ontario, in Canada, has won a huge $22 million on the Lotto 649 and he says he plans to give back to the country which took him in as an immigrant.

Paul Hindo who is from the capital city of Canada, immigrated to Canada in 1972 from Iraq, and he told lottery officials that “this country has been tremendously good to me,” and so he wants to use his new-found millionaire status to give something back. Recently we told you about another Lotto 649 winner from the Ottawa area who took home $1 million after playing the same numbers for 20 years.

Together with his wife, the most recent Lotto 649 winner said that he plans to use the $22 million Lotto 649 winnings to “do some good” in the local community. Another lottery player who wanted to give back was a Sunderland National Lottery scratch card winner who spent his Christmas helping sick children across the North East of England.

Mr Hindo bought his ticket from a newsstand in the Little Italy area of Ottawa earlier this month, and he said that he only bought the ticket because he needed to break a $50 bill, just like a Scottish lottery scratch card winner who recently bagged £250,000 on a ticket she picked up when making change. Now, in a twist of fate, that need for change has made him and his wife millionaires, leaving them asking themselves “is this real?”

The couple have decided that although they are $22 million richer, they won’t be buying a new home, and instead they might make some small renovations on their current home in Manotick, a leafy village just outside of Ottawa. Mr Hindo also plans to continue working as a senior vice-president of investment management firm JLL in Ottawa. A Sydney man who won $5.6 million on the Keno Lottery also said he wouldn’t be quitting his job after his big win.

As well as helping his local community, the National Capital Region man says that he’ll also help out some of his family and friends with part of his Lotto 649 win. A Powerball winner from Kentucky decided to give back as soon as she found out she’d won $1 million, by going and donating blood. Mr Hindo has set a trend of giving back to his community, as he’s worked with so many local Ottawa charities in the past that he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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