Lottery winner tips $10,000 to diner owner with sick daughter

Bob Erb won $25 million in the lottery.  Credit: Screenshot CTV
Bob Erb won $25 million in the lottery.
Credit: Screenshot CTV

Every now and then we come across a news story that really just warms our hearts.

Just one day after Canada Day, we read about an amazing story from our friendly northern neighbors about a man who left a $10,000 tip for a diner owner whose daughter is sick.

It all started about one week ago when the owner of a Canadian diner struck up a conversation with a customer. The conversation eventually led to the owner, Cliff Luther, telling the customer, Bob Erb, about his daughter who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The conversation started with Luther noticed Erb’s Legalize Marijuana pin. With a last name like Erb, it’s only natural he’s a pot activist.

“He was telling me how he things legalizing marijuana is the way to go, you know, which was interesting,” Luther told the Ottawa Citizen. “One thing came to another, and he’s from B.C. and I was telling him how my 25-year-old daughter is out there right now and has just been diagnosed with cancer.”

It turns out this was a familiar story for Erb. He lost his own son four years ago to cancer, at the age of 26.

“He was emotional about it, just as any parent would be in that kind of situation,” Erb said. “[Luther] was just looking to talk and learn about things from another perspective.”

A few days later, Erb returned to the diner. After finishing his burger and fries he asked Luther for a pen.

“He asked for a pen and said: ‘Here, you can just take the bill out of that,” Luther said. “It was a check for $10,000. He just kind of said, ‘If you need to get out there quickly, this will help you.”

Erb had won $25 million in the lottery last fall.

“It just shows how good people can be, you know, how he had good fortune and he was able to pass it on, and I believe he’s a very generous man,” Luther said. “It’s really lifted my spirits. There are just some really caring people out there.”

Hopefully Luther will cash the check soon and book a flight to visit his daughter.

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

Local

Mugger uses chokeholds in Central Park attacks: NYPD

Cops are searching for a Manhattan mugging suspect tied to at least two attacks near Central Park this week.

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

By Rich MckayABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged…

News

Ditka calls Redskins team name critics 'politically correct…

Mike Ditka, the 74-year-old 11-season coach of the Chicago Bears and 3-season coach of the New Orleans Saints, may be endangering his position as an…

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

Television

TV watch list, Thursday, Aug. 21: 'Simpsons,' 'Simpsons'…

It's time to change the channel to FXX, and then never change it again, as you watch all the "Simpsons" episodes you can handle.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…