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A guy that supports education!

Casino win is a jackpot for science institute

A man who won 766 million won ($664,065) in a jackpot - the largest sum ever won in a
casino in Korea - has donated it to the Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology, known as Kaist.

Ahn Seung-pil, a 60-year old businessman, hit it big at Kangwon Land in Gangwon, the only Korean
casino that allows Korean citizens to gamble.

“I grew up in a poor family and I didn’t learn much. I’ve always longed for learning for
my lifetime,” Ahn said yesterday. “I decided I wanted this money to be
used for Korea’s science technology after I watched a TV show where a
Kaist professor said that Korean scientists urgently need support, or
else Korea’s science technology will lag behind China soon.”

When Ahn hit jackpot on Saturday morning, he asked the casino operator to
hold onto the money, and he returned to Seoul. The next day, Ahn rang
the casino to ask if he had the option to donate his winnings rather
than keeping them for himself.

Fifteen minutes after he learned he could give the money away if he wanted to, Ahn called Kangwon Land
again and said he wanted to donate it to Kaist.

Ahn confessed he hesitated for a while before making the big decision.

“I thought about paying off my business debt, but I figured this lucky money
should be used for the country, not for an individual,” he said.

Ahn, who currently runs a cotton business in Seoul, was 4 billion won in
arrears when the Asian financial crisis hit in 1997. He managed to pay
back most of it, but not all yet.

“I can handle the rest of the debt by myself. Once I pay it off, I will sell my business and donate
that money for Korea’s science technology, too,” Ahn said.

By Lee Chan-ho, Kim Mi-ju []

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Comment by Ellen Pham on May 18, 2010 at 6:50am
“I decided I wanted this money to be
used for Korea’s science technology after I watched a TV show where a
Kaist professor said that Korean scientists urgently need support, or
else Korea’s science technology will lag behind China soon


I feel sorry for the guy. I'm not sure if he knew what he was doing.

Comment by Elias Hickman on May 19, 2010 at 1:23pm
I'm all about Nationalism and Koreans at his age are very nationalistic. I understand his mindset but he should have taken some kind of vacation or paid off some debts before doing that. Having said that, I really love this country and his style of thinking just reinforces what a great country Korea is.

Comment by ddeubel on May 19, 2010 at 10:17pm

I wouldn't read too much into that comment. Sure there is nationalism but you could hear that comment in America too and in fact even the humble Bill Gates has said the same thing about "the US" falling behind the rest of the world.

I just give anyone who can so clearly see where the money should go -- kudos. Much better than making bombs and a lot of other asinine stuff we support. Korea has given a lot to the world in science and the must nurture that force.... I can't feel sorry for the guy. Someone of his generosity and spirit will always be doing "well".
Comment by Ellen Pham on May 19, 2010 at 11:15pm
Maybe David, maybe not... some people are lost, he sounded lost to me (I'm sure because of the selection of details... another selection of details, and I wouldn't feel it... all in the presentation!)

I can't think of a time when using nationalism as a propaganda technique hasn't turned my stomach... and almost 100% of that has been from US sources :D If anything, I give Korea a bit more of a pass, being on the border with nutty N Korea!

You know the difference between giving a present to someone, and trying to buy that person's friendship with gifts (kids sometimes do this)? And how sad it is when that happens? It was more that kind of feeling I had in response to his gesture. But who knows? Just a guess!

Also, what kind of technology would be worrisome to lag behind China in? And if you make this kind of decision based on a TV show, without further investigation (I assume, that's what the article leads me to assume, which is one reason I say, who knows?), what does that say about your frame of mind?

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