A Long Island resident who won $3-million in the New York state lottery gave the winning ticket to a local church, reports the New York Daily News.
“My first reaction was stunned silence,” said Bertrand Crabbe, pastor of the True North Community Church, in Port Jefferson, who appeared at an announcement ceremony August 27 with state lottery officials. “After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I was just overwhelmed with joy and gratitude.” Mr. Crabbe would not reveal the donor’s identity.
The church, whose windfall came courtesy of a $10 Bada-Bling scratchoff ticket, will receive at least $102,225 a year for the next 20 years, an amount that could increase if taxes are refunded because of the church’s nonprofit status.
Mr. Crabbe says he intends to purchase a bigger building for the church, which has grown rapidly in recent years, but will donate the first year’s winnings to other charities. A large portion of those funds, he says, will benefit Love 146, a charity in neighboring Connecticut that fights human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
About his parishioner’s charitable gesture, the pastor added, “I hope it inspires other people to be generous to their churches and to charities everywhere — especially in light of the economy.”