The heart-warming stunt what Organised by YouTube prankster the Magic of Rahat, who has built a reputation on his unsuspecting victims freaking out.
But on this occasion, he decided to do some good by setting up the fake lottery win to make the man's day, giving him the $ 1,000 to keep for real.
“The homeless man’s selfless gesture immediately went viral, inspiring fans to ask Rahat to help them do something for Eric, too. “Rahat set up a fundraising page on Thursday with the hopes of collecting $20,000 to help Eric get back on his feet. As of Monday afternoon, the campaign had collected more than $30,000.
“Rahat has also continued spending time with Eric. He has posted fundraising updates on Twitter, and shared a photo of himself, his videographer, Trey, and Eric after the three had lunch together on Sunday.
“During an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit on Thursday, Rahat said that he put Eric up in a hotel for two weeks.” Thanks to Eric, Rahat and the Internet for proving that humanity isn’t always awful.