Many people who come into money the easy way, such as lottery winners, famous actors or star sportsmen, are sometimes overwhelmed by their sudden change in financial status. Quite a lot of lottery winners burn through their winnings fast, and live to regret it. That is why many say money is the root of all evil. Such is not true of Lou Harris, who won a lottery jackpot in 1998.
Since then, he had used his financial independence to donate some of his time flying airplanes for Angel Flight, an organization that provides free flight to patient who could not otherwise afford it.
After the World Trade Center attacks, he left his job to devote all of his time as a Red Cross volunteer. Being an experienced amateur radio operator, he converted a bus into an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle. He uses his bus to help coordinate rescue and relief efforts. He plans to continue as a Red Cross volunteer as long as he can.