Powerball Winner Donates to Buddhist Temple

The Buddhist Channel, April 28, 2006

NEBRASKA, USA -- As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star: "For four years, members of Lincoln's Vietnamese Buddhist community have scrimped and saved for their dream of a new temple. Now they're $400,000 closer — thanks to a gift from Powerball winner Quang Dao.

"Dao, who has been active in the Linh Quang Buddhist Center, dropped by the existing temple at 216 W. F St. a couple of Sundays ago and more than doubled the pot.

"…The Vietnamese Buddhist community bought 20 acres in 2002 at Southwest 33rd Street and West Pleasant Hill Road for a new temple. The converted house they're in now has been used for worship, prayer and meetings since the early 1990s.

"The temple serves about 1,000 Vietnamese Buddhists living in Lincoln.

"…Dao was one of eight employees of Lincoln's Cook's food processing plant who shared the largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history in February.

"Each winner received $15.1 million after taxes. Dao reportedly planned to spend some of the money building homes for himself and other family members in south Lincoln. He also was one of three winners who gave nearly $6,000 to residents of the People's City Mission on April 4…"