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Lotto winner pledges to fund classrooms in his native Mali

Written by on May 23, 2023

Souleymane Sana, a Malian who relocated to North Carolina, said he will use his lottery winnings to help kids back in his home country. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery

Happiness for one lucky North Carolina resident comes not from newfound wealth from a lottery win, but using those winnings to help schoolchildren — in this case, from Mali.

Souleymane Sana of North Carolina won $100,000 from a scratch-off ticket. Relocating to the United States from Mali — a war-torn county on the coast of West Africa — Sana is using his earnings to create a non-profit to help school kids from his hometown.

I’m going to keep doing my best to help build more classrooms for the children in Mali,” he said. “That is the thing that makes me really happy.”

Sana, 39, works as a dance instructor. His dream is to set up a dance school in Mali, adding his motivation for playing the lottery was to help others achieve their own dreams.

“I love to dance and I want to teach the children in Mali to love it, too,” he said. “If you talk about culture and you talk about education, they both go together. Some of the money is going to be used to start building a dance center there.”

Scratch-off tickets in the North Carolina lottery fund education to the tune $2.5 million a day.

Source : UPI News

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