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$1.3 billion Powerball jackpot shines light on an unfamiliar immigrant community in America

Cheng “Charlie” Saephan, a 46-year-old immigrant, recently won an enormous Powerball jackpot of $1.3 billion in Oregon. This significant win not only changed his life but also brought awareness to the Iu Mien people, an ethnic group originating in China and fleeing from Laos to Thailand during and after the Vietnam War. Many settled in the U.S. and struggled to adjust due to cultural differences and lack of education, but now thrive through education, entrepreneurship, and religious conversion. Saephan’s win is celebrated by the Iu Mien community, symbolizing hope and success for a group that once endured hardship.


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