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Lotto Winner Pledges to Fund Classrooms in His Native Mali

Souleymane Sana, a resident of North Carolina originally from Mali, found happiness not in the wealth gained from winning the lottery but in using his winnings to support schoolchildren in his home country. Sana won $100,000 from a scratch-off ticket and decided to create a non-profit organization with the funds to help build classrooms for children in Mali. As a dance instructor, Sana's ultimate dream is to establish a dance school in Mali, as he believes that culture and education are interconnected. Part of his lottery winnings will be dedicated to starting a dance center in Mali. It's worth noting that scratch-off tickets in the North Carolina lottery contribute $2.5 million per day to education funding.

Photo Credit: Robert Anasch

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