This past week, an unidentified Frenchman won the jackpot in the Euromillions lottery, and he promptly donated nearly all of his winnings to the cause of preserving tropical rainforests in West Africa and forests in his home country of France.
The anonymous winner took home a total of €200,000,000.
The fortunate winner established the Anyama Endowment Fund, named after a town in Côte d’Ivoire where it is believed he spent a lot of time, and he will donate his winnings to the fund.
The fund will use the money for “the protection and revitalization of forests, the preservation and regeneration of biodiversity, and the support of family caregivers.”
“I only played during high jackpots, for one purpose: to commit most of this cash to the founding of a foundation,” he wrote in an open letter that was published on the website of the Fund. The message was made available to the public.
“During my life, I have watched in Côte d’Ivoire the continual transit of trucks filled with trees chopped in the woods of Burkina Faso,” he said in an interview with Le Parisien.
“During my life, I have witnessed in Côte d’Ivoire the incessant passage of trucks loaded with trees.”
An operator for the French National Lottery was quoted as saying, “We have never seen an initiative of this size, but on the other hand, we have rarely seen such big winnings.”
“In most cases, these two things go hand in hand with one another.”
In point of fact, it was the second-biggest jackpot in the entire history of the lottery.
It is only known that the winner is a retiree living in the south of France who want to disseminate the message that humans have the ability to protect the natural environment if we so choose and that giving makes people happier than receiving.
According to Euro News, the man said that giving makes people happy and is a tremendous lever for transforming indignation into concrete and useful actions.
“Above all, it is the expression of a conviction that I want to share with as many people as possible: giving makes people happy, and constitutes a tremendous lever for transforming indignation into concrete and useful actions,” the man said.