Habitat for Humanity Wins Big!
Donated Ticket Helps Build Dreams
Gary Casteel, the Executive Director of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, claimed a $10,000 prize Tuesday at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission. An anonymous patron donated the winning Powerball ticket to Habitat for Humanity last week.
“We have received several unusual gifts, but I never thought we’d get a lottery ticket,” Casteel said. The winning ticket was sold on a Player Activated Terminal at Drug Warehouse, located at 3126 S. Harvard, Tulsa, OK.
The Tulsa Habitat for Humanity not only builds homes for underprivileged, but they build relationships with the families. They have built over 150 homes for low-income families whom are caught in poverty. “Many of these families spend close to half of their salary on their homes, and we hope to teach them how to break the poverty cycle,” Casteel said.
“Families are required to spend 500 sweat equity hours before they can start to build their own home. They attend workshops and learn how to repair things in their homes, they learn how to sew and cook. They also spend time volunteering on other homes being built by Habitat for Humanity,” Casteel said.
Casteel said they plan to use the donation to help fund a position for a Family Service Coordinator. Although Habitat for Humanity receives donations frequently, most of the donations go to specified projects, which do not typically allow the organization to use the money for staffing.
Proceeds from Oklahoma Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for education purposes and programs at all levels of education, Pre-K to higher education. So far more than $119 million has been transferred to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund.
For more information, please contact Houston Hunt, at 405.507.6276, or visit the Oklahoma Lottery’s official website at www.lottery.ok.gov.