YouTube prankster Rahat gave a homeless man a "winning" lottery ticket, setting him up for a $1,000 jackpot. The homeless man, identified now as Eric, was moved to tears — and even offered to share his small fortune. The video went viral, with strangers across North America asking Rahat how they, too, could help out Eric.
"I want to raise $20,000 to help better and improve Eric’s lifestyle. Eric is an extremely genuine person, and he deserves a lot more in life for his heart-warming personality," Rahat wrote on Fundly.
"All proceeds made from this campaign will be completely given towards helping Eric pick himself back up and get him going towards a respectable living once again."
Rahat met his fundraising goal, then promptly beat it. So far, more than $35,000 has poured in from more than 2,000 supporters.
Homeless Lottery Winner
Rahat revealed that he didn't just give Eric the cash and leave him on the streets after he was done filming:
"After the video I got him a hotel for two weeks."
The men have kept in touch since.
"I did meet with him yesterday. He told me that he got a haircut, bought ice cream for two girls, and got a pre-paid phone for emergencies," Rahat wrote after being asked what Eric is spending his new-found wealth on.
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