A lottery winner said he wants to use his $100,000 prize to build schools in his native country.
Souleymane Sana, 39, is originally from Mali, according to the state lottery.
The North Carolina resident wants to use the money to invest in education and build a dance center.
A North Carolina resident who won $100,000 from a lottery scratch-off ticket says it’s his “dream” to use his prize money to build more schools in his native country.
Souleymane Sana, 39, bought his $30 Millionaire Maker winning scratch-off at a gas station in Kinston, North Carolina, according to the state lottery.
Sana, a dance instructor originally from Mali, said that he started a nonprofit to help people who live here. Now, with this new check in hand, he wants to do more.
“I’m going to keep doing my best to help build more classrooms for the children in Mali,” Sana told lottery officials. “That is the thing that makes me really happy.”
He continued: “My dream is just becoming true little by little and I hope it will keep going.”
In addition to schools, Sana said that he wants to also build a dance center.
“I love to dance and I want to teach the children in Mali to love it too,” he said, per lottery officials. “If you talk about culture and you talk about education, they both go together.”
According to the state lottery press release, Sana chose the lump-sum option and received $71,259 after taxes. During an interview with lottery officials, he said that he keeps playing scratch-offs to have a chance to win to help others.
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