Man gave church $3 million lottery ticket

August 28, 2008 8:28:15 AM PDT
A New York pastor says one of his congregants donated a winning lottery ticket worth 3 million dollars to his church. Pastor Bertrand Crabbe of the True North Community Church in Port Jefferson says the donor, who asked to remain anonymous, donated the "Ba Da Bling" scratch-off ticket immediately after realizing he won.

Crabb says the donor said "This was why God put the ticket in his hands."

A state Lottery official said Wednesday that the independent Christian church will get a little over $100,000 a year through 2028. The amount could be higher if withheld taxes are refunded because of the church's nonprofit status.

Crabb says the 650-member church will give the first year's proceeds to other charities.

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