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Internet fundraiser houses a homeless man

Remember Eric, the homeless man who was the focal point of a lottery "prank" that saw him "win" $1,000 in a video that went viral in March?

His story isn't close to over.

After the first video enjoyed international success, YouTuber MagicofRahat set up an online fundraising page to help get Eric back on his feet. He just didn't know how well it would go.

People from across the world contributed more than $40,000 to Eric's cause. Rather than handing Eric a check, Rahat used the money to rent and furnish a house for Eric in addition to establishing a massive savings account for him.

Talk about a feel-good moment for your Friday.

The Loop

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Carter Nacke graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2010. He has been with KTAR since March 2011.

In addition to being a news junkie, Carter enjoys talking sports -- mainly soccer and hockey -- and covers the Arizona Coyotes for

He is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling.


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