Lotto winner gives back to less fortunate with Christmas surprise

OMAHA, Neb. -
One lucky jackpot winner is using part of his share to help others celebrate Christmas. 
 
Every year - one of the winners of Nebraska's February 2006 powerball - Derek Maboussou - donates $25,000 dollars to the Siena/Francis House. 
 
The money pays for gift cards for about 500 of the residents who stayed overnight Thursday. For many of these men and women, it's their chance to receive a Christmas gift. 
 
Residents at the Siena/Francis House are all smiles as they headed out for a morning of holiday shopping - a luxury often not possible when living on a strict budget. 
 
It's a decade-long tradition of Christmas cheer, made possible by a secret Santa of sorts. 
 
"It's pretty amazing for somebody to show up each year with a check to help these people," said Mike Saklar, Executive Director of Siena/Francis House.
 
For a few hours and 45 dollars, these guests got a much- needed break and some retail therapy aimed at boosting the spirit. 
 
"I got headphones as well. It's nice to have music and keeps your spirit kind of channeled - like alright, everything's alright," said Zach Maharaj, Siena/Francis House Guest.
 
"It's a lot of money if you don't have anything and if you're relying on our shelter or someone else to provide the clothes on your back," said Saklar. 

Showing how an act of kindness can reach far during the season of giving...

"This is another opportunity to pass on the love from a member of our community," said Saklar. 

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