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.
â€œWe've built 150 houses in Tulsa. Our organization estimates we need to build another 1,350 by the year 2025,â€ 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,â€ 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.
â€œWe're just happy to have it,â€ 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.
â€œWhen I walked through and saw the home under construction it was hard to hold back tears,â€ said Neal.
Now, he volunteers with Habitat to build homes for others.
â€œIt doesn't just build homes and people move in, I've literally seen it change lives,â€ 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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