Habitat For Humanity Hits The Lottery Without Buying A Ticket

Friday, April 20th 2007, 8:49 pm
By: News On 6

It depends heavily on donations but Habitat for Humanity says it's never received one quite like this. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports a man gave the group his winning lottery ticket worth $10,000.

With volunteers and a willing spirit the organization goes to work building homes for needy families.

“We've built 150 houses in Tulsa. Our organization estimates we need to build another 1,350 by the year 2025,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Gary Casteel.

Donations make it possible, and in the past people have donated cash, checks, and their time, but never a lottery ticket, that is until now.

"It was unbelievable because who would think you could win the lottery and never buy a ticket,” Casteel said.

After taxes, the $10,000 ticket was worth $7,100. It is money Habitat for Humanity says it can't wait to put to use.

“We're just happy to have it,” said Casteel.

So more people like Tim Neal can move into a home of their own. He moved into a Habitat built home a year ago.

“When I walked through and saw the home under construction it was hard to hold back tears,” said Neal.

Now, he volunteers with Habitat to build homes for others.

“It doesn't just build homes and people move in, I've literally seen it change lives,” Neal said.

And Habitat says it'll keep accepting donations no matter how unique, so that it can continue to build dreams one brick at a time.

Habitat for Humanity says the$7,100 could also go toward hiring a new family services person. That position was left vacant after a volunteer retired.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Habitat for Humanity visit their website, www.habitat-tulsa.org.

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