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Michigan Lottery winner gives prize to charity

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo-area man who won $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery's Club Keno game has donated his winnings to a charity.

Soon after winning the money on March 11, Jim Dancy of Richland decided others needed it more than he did. So he gave it all to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way.

"I was heavily influenced by my close friend Julie, who taught me to think of others first, and to stop and think about what life is really about. I know the needs in the community are great right now, so for me it was the right thing to do," Dancy said in a statement released by the Michigan Lottery.

Dancy is co-founder, vice president and chief operating officer of Innovative Analytics, a biological research company in Kalamazoo. He said he felt good about his decision and was confident that United Way was the correct recipient.

"I feel very good today, knowing I could help a little — probably my 'best day' in a long time. When everyone was thanking me, I was thinking how much you all do every day, and thought it should really be the other way around: I should be thanking you. So, thanks for your work," he said.

Mike Larson, Greater Kalamazoo United Way's president and chief executive, called the gesture an "incredible act of kindness and generosity" and said the donation couldn't have come at a better time.

"With the increased need that area service providers are experiencing and the reduction in resources available to so many area nonprofits, this gift will help improve the lives of many in our community," he said.

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awwcrap's avatar - moon
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Posted: April 19, 2009, 10:19 am - IP Logged

This is kind of article makes me feel better,,,a feel good storyBig Smile

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    Posted: April 19, 2009, 11:57 am - IP Logged

    This is kind of article makes me feel better,,,a feel good storyBig Smile

    I Agree! 

    The world needs more people like this.

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      Posted: April 19, 2009, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! 

      The world needs more people like this.

      Wow.....what a nice man.....His karma will be wonderful if he hasn't paid for it yet....

      "Wait eagerly for the Lord, and keep to the way; God wil raise you to possess the land; you will gloat when the wicked are cut off".

                                                                                    Psalms 37:34

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: April 19, 2009, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

        That was very nice of him. Yes Nod

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: April 20, 2009, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

          Why bless his and his friend heart. I wish that I had friends that influential, she must have a lot of similarities as Mother Theresa or someone of that nature.

          Remember we are the decisions that we make, please take the time to educate.Stooges

            wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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            Posted: April 20, 2009, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

            Thanks for thinking of others, Jim!

              HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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              Posted: April 21, 2009, 2:02 am - IP Logged

              I'd like a professional answer please ... If a person gives their unsigned, WINNING lottery ticket to an approved, non-taxed charity (e.g, Catholic Charities), does the charity still have to pay the 25%-34% Federal Tax and the 3.4%+ State tax, or are "lottery taxes" on one or both waved?

              Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


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                Posted: April 21, 2009, 11:51 am - IP Logged

                I hope he got laid atleast..  Ponder

                Luck is the residue of design.

                  spy153's avatar - maren

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                  Posted: April 24, 2009, 9:37 am - IP Logged

                  I hope he got laid atleast..  Ponder

                  Agree with stupid

                  voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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                    Posted: April 26, 2009, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

                    This is kind of article makes me feel better,,,a feel good storyBig Smile

                    I Agree!

                    "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious."
                    - Vince Lombardi