Next on Mythbusters: Green Card Lottery?

Alec Yeh - Senegal


April 1, 2010

The green card lottery: myth or truth? They could put that on Mythbusters. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s been long said that the US holds a green card lottery. But whether that is true, many people don’t know. Since it’s not like a prize that they announce the winners of each year, people never actually hear of anybody winning. So most people assume the green card lottery is just a myth that the US government made up. What motive would they have? I don’t know. Perhaps to give people a sense of hope?

But in fact, it does exist. When I first came here, Rachel had told me she actually knew somebody who won a green card. She never thought it existed, until she met this person. So it is real. And if you don’t believe her (I don’t know why you wouldn’t), then believe me. I also met somebody who has won the green card lottery. What are the chances? It’s extremely, extremely unlikely that I would actually meet somebody here, in Sangalkam, Senegal, who has won the lottery. His name is Ibrahime. He’s quite an…interesting fellow. He’s nice, but almost everybody in Senegal is, so that doesn’t really tell you who he is. But talking to him, I get the impression he’s always looking for sex. He’s just obsessed with sex. But that’s not exactly abnormal for a guy.

Apparently he’s going to Las Vegas.I’m curious if he had a choice of where to go or not. But if he did have a choice, I assume he’s going there because jobs at Casinos are well paid, and easy to get. So I don’t think he’s going there because there’s prostitution, but I’m sure he’s looking forward to it. Let’s just hope he doesn’t blow all his hard-earned money there. But what I find really interesting is that he doesn’t know a single thing about Las Vegas besides Casinos. He doesn’t know English at all. He doesn’t know American culture at all. So I’m not sure how he’s going to fair. Especially considering it’s Las Vegas. I think it’s going to be a HUGE culture shock to him. I feel that it’s the city where all the bad things of the US are the most exaggerated and the most apparent. I was telling him that it’s the “city of sin” but he didn’t understand what I meant. I just hope he gets cultural adjustment classes or something before he goes to the US. I dunno if the embassy provides that for green card lottery winners.

Maybe he’ll contact me and I’ll get to see how he’s doing in a few years. I’ll be sure to let you guys know.

Alec Yeh