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Homeless man wins the lottery in this heartwarming video

Posted by Doug Saffir  March 5, 2014 01:22 PM

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Tugging at a viewer's heartstrings is an easy (and sometimes cheap) way to get hits on a video. But kudos to Youtuber MagicofRahat for doing it in a way that both gives viewers fuzzies inside and genuinely helps a person.

The premise is pretty simple: Rahat befriends a convenience store clerk and sets it up so that they'll both pretend a losing lottery ticket is actually a winner. Rahat then gives the losing ticket to a nearby homeless man, goes to the store with him, and keeps the cameras rolling as all kind of feelings ensue.

It's important to note that there are three payoffs here. The first is literally a financial payoff: the homeless man is told he's won $1,000 and is handed 10 crisp $100 bills.

The second is emotional: with a big grin on his face, the homeless man closes his hands around the money and you can see the mix of joy and relief on his face.

The third and most important payoff is what's truly heartwarming. Turning from the register, the homeless man starts to divide the money and hand a portion of it to Rahat.

If the air that immediately surrounds your eyes suddenly got a little dusty, you are not alone. It's hard to imagine anyone splitting their winnings, let alone someone in his situation. The fact that he's so eager to do it proves there's no one more deserving of the good fortune.

(H/T Uproxx)

Reach me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me @dougsaffir

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