An elderly Nova Scotia couple who gave away almost all of an $11.2-million lottery win have been recognized for their philanthropy.

Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro have been named Individual Philanthropists of the Year by the Maritime Philanthropy Awards.

The couple won a Lotto 6-49 jackpot last July and gave away all but $200,000 to family, friends, churches, charities, fire halls, and hospitals where Violet was being treated for cancer.

Back in November, the couple told CTV news they simply didn't need the money.

"We have each other. We're happy with everything we've got. We're country hicks and we're not going to go travelling", said Violet.

"At our age, what do we need?"

Their generosity made headlines around the world.

The awards are organized by the Nova Scotia chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

In a news release, the association said the couple's generosity embodied and encouraged the idea of pure philanthropy.