Homeless man's emotional reaction to winning lottery goes viral

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The video was posted by a YouTube prankster known as "Magic of Rahat." Rahat says he heard that a homeless man in his neighborhood was a "nice and respectable guy," so he decided to do something nice and capture it on camera.

Rahat approached the man, told him that he didn't have cash and gave him a supposed winning lottery ticket instead. The two walked into a local store to check the ticket. That's when the clerk told the homeless man he won $1,000.

"You're kidding me right?" the man asked in disbelief.

The clerk took out the cash and handed it to him. What the homeless man didn't know was the ticket was actually a losing ticket, and the clerk was also in on the surprise.

The homeless man took the money and told Rahat that he wants to share it with him. When Rahat told him to keep it all, the man broke down in tears and hugged his new friend. Rahat also appeared to get teary-eyed in the video.

"I've been doing this for a long time, a long time. And never, never had a friend, had somebody, do what you did," the man told Rahat.

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