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New Bern man will use $100,000 win to support schools in Mali

May 19, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:23 AM

For Souleymane Sana, a New Bern resident and native of Mali, Africa, a $100,000 scratch-off win will give him the chance to help schoolchildren from his hometown.

“I’m going to keep doing my best to help build more classrooms for the children in Mali,” he said. “That is the thing that makes me really happy.”

Sana said he created a nonprofit to help the residents of his native country.

“This was my dream,” Sana said. “That was one of the main reasons I bought that scratch ticket was to be able to keep helping them.”

Sana, a 39-year-old dance instructor, purchased his $30 Millionaire Maker ticket from Neuse Shop & Fuel on West New Bern Road in Kinston.

“I love to dance and I want to teach the children in Mali to love it too,” he said. “If you talk about culture and you talk about education, they both go together. Some of the money is going to be used to start building a dance center there.”

Sana collected his prize at lottery headquarters and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,259.

“My dream is just becoming true little by little and I hope it will keep going,” Sana said.

Check out the video below of Sana at lottery headquarters telling his story.


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5/29/2023 05:56 - Ann J.

Congratulations Sana

5/20/2023 07:08 - Danielle Simone R.

Congratulations! I love that you want to give back and help build schools in Mali!

5/19/2023 10:46 - Angela D.

This is really awesome and super proud of what you are doing…That is what it is about is helping someone…one day I will receive a big blessing where I can help others…keep doing great things Sana

5/19/2023 10:37 - Anita A.


5/19/2023 06:08 - Vivian p.

Congratulations, keep Dancing g,keep playing, keep winning.

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