Homeless Lottery Winner Updated

Eric Offers to Share His Winnings

     This is an updated version of an earlier post that adds a third video and also updates the extent of interest shown in the story around the internet. Enjoy – Dick S

Homeless Man Wins the Lottery

The featured video below shows a “prank” being played on a real, homeless man who we find out is Eric.

I’ve watched this video several times and while I’m more positive than negative in my feelings about it, I’m still a bit put off by using this man and his poverty in any kind of “prank” that will be exposed to public view.

This video went viral on YouTube getting 26 million views so far.

In addition, it got an enormous 555 thousand Likes and 81 hundred Dislikes.

So I guess I’m in the minority with my reservations about it.

See what you think.

Then, AFTER you’ve thought about the featured video, take a look at the second video.


Homeless Man Gets a Home

This video shows what happened after the first video went viral and how that changed what the outcome of the initial “prank” would be.

This second video has 31 million views so far.

It provides the potential to change Eric’s life for the good and for a long time.

Eric will have to show that can reorient his thinking and make an effort to turn this “once-in-a-lifetime” miraculous “break” into a steady job and a sense of achievement that will carry him along.

What I’m trying to say, I guess, is the old proverb:

Give a man a fish and he won’t be hungry tonight,


Teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry again.

So, without further ado, here is the second video.



Now what do you think?

Is this the way to help Eric?

A lot of people voted with their dollars (about $60,000 at last count) to give Eric a real chance to “learn how to fish”!


Follow Up

Eric told Rahat in the second video that he had a job but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Also, soon after occupying his new home, Eric decided to take $1000 out of the bank account to “pay it forward”.

Rahat videoed that in this final video in the story.

Here it is.



This multi part story certainly has stuck a strong chord of emotion with a lot of people. It seems that lots of people like to see an “underdog” get a chance to succeed. Seeing Eric succeed made me feel good.

How about you?



Please use the Share Buttons and/or email the post link below directly to your friends. Let’s keep this heartwarming story circulating.

Homeless Lottery Winner Updated


I appreciate it.


Dick S




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