YouTuber and magician "MagicofRahat" gave a homeless man a winning lottery ticket and told him he could keep the winnings in an emotional viral video.
But the ticket Rahat gave the homeless man was not actually a winning ticket – the clerk at the convenience store worked with Rahat to give the man $1,000 by telling the man it was from a winning lottery ticket. In the video, Rahat says he heard the man was “nice and respectable,” so he wanted to help him out and make him feel good.
In the beginning of the video, Rahat told the man he didn’t have any money, but would give him the (fake) winning ticket instead. He said he wasn’t sure how much he’d won. The men then went into the store to redeem the ticket, where the cashier told the man he’d won $1,000.
The man was overcome with emotion, telling Rahat he wanted to share the money and giving Rahat a long hug.
"I’ve been doing this for a long time and I never, never had a friend, had somebody do what you just did back there," the man told Rahat.
The video had been viewed more than 8 million times by Thursday evening.