Man loses lotto, offers lesson in forgiveness

Published: August 22, 2006 | 4614th good news item since 2003

A Winnipeg man woke up Sunday finding out the wish he had every Sunday was going to come true: Five out of the six Lotto 6/49 numbers he always played had finally come up.

But Christian Kazedi did not win his share of the jackpot. A friend of his did not buy Kazedi’s ticket the night before.

Kazedi, a father of five, was rushing to get to work on Saturday, so he gave his lottery numbers and $10 to Serge Kaptegaine.

“I have never played that before, I don’t know how people play this game,” Kaptegaine said Monday.

Kaptegaine, who recently arrived in Canada from the Republic of Congo, followed Kazedi’s instructions. But when he went to the convenience store at 10 p.m., it was too late for him to play.

If Kazedi had his ticket, he would have won $120,000.

“He really needs money right now,” said Kaptegaine. “He has a big family. He tries to take care of his family. Now, because of me … he went down. I let him down. So I feel very, very guilty about that.”

But Kazedi said he doesn’t feel that way.

“He’s like my little brother,” Kazedi said. “This situation is like your child burning down your house. You wouldn’t throw the child into the fire.”

The jackpot was not meant to be his, he said. Besides, he added, people place too much value on money.

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