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Apr 04,2008
Lottery winner shares the wealth
by UPI

TORONTO -- A Toronto butcher who won $14.5 million in a lottery says he gave away 30 tons of chicken legs to customers to honor the anniversary of his father's death.

Jose Lima, 52, made good Thursday on a promise of free chicken he made when he collected his winnings last week, and went further when crowds exceeded his expectations, the Toronto Star reported.

Lima, who has been a manager of two Portuguese meat markets for almost 20 years, made the giveaway vow a week ago, along with a pledge to give each of the the stores' 50 employees $5,000.

"Today, I repay my promise to give something back to my customers," Lima said. "I've been a lucky man since the day I came to Canada."

Lima timed the giveaway to coincide with the fifth anniversary of his father's death, the report said.

He told the Toronto Sun he didn't plan to retire and had no lifestyle changes in mind.

"I may continue doing something like this every year to mark my father's death," he said.

Copyright © 2008, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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