Wednesday, July 23, 2014   

French lottery winner to donate 50 million
(05-30 17:19)

Amid all the gloom over a stagnating economy, serial scandals and a surge in support for the far-right, France finally had a good news story to celebrate on Friday.
A man who scooped more than 72 million euros on the Euro Millions lottery has decided to give 50 million of his jackpot to charity.
In what the Le Parisien tabloid hailed as "an incredible act of generosity,'' the unidentified winner from the Haute-Garonne area of southwestern France has said he will share his giveaway between around ten NGOs working on behalf of the disadvantaged.
Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), the organisation that runs the trans-national lottery in France, said the winner had asked to remain anonymous but media reported that he was single, in his 50s and does not have have any children.
"He has a strong sense of social solidarity and he believes in generosity,'' an FDJ spokesman said.
Social media was awash with praise for the lucky man, hailed as "a class act,'' by numerous commentators on Twitter.
Sociologist Denis Muzet said the act of philanthropy could not have come at a better time for France.
"This individual is sending us a message: success in life is not about how much money you earn but about what you do for others,'' Muzet told Le Parisien.
"In a society in crisis, in search of moral reference points, where money dominates everything, his action makes sense.'' --AFP   
Other World breaking news:
(Flight MH17) Black boxes to be sent to UK lab (2 hrs 4 mins ago)
Man arrested over Boston bombing attacks (2 hrs 7 mins ago)
UK announces inquiry plans on Litvinenko death (07-22 18:43)
(Update) One dead as trains collide in SKorea: report (07-22 18:26)
EU expands Syria sanctions (07-22 17:46)
Suicide bomber kills 4 in Kabul (07-22 17:35)
(Flight MH17) Train goes to Kharkiv with victims remains (07-22 17:07)
(Flight MH17) Australia sends plane to pick up victims (07-22 15:17)
(Flight MH17) Rebels hand over black boxes (07-22 15:09)
Israeli hit more than 70 targets in Gaza (07-22 14:58)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.