Actor pretends to be blind and asks strangers to check his winning lottery ticket in video prank - but would YOU tell him the truth?


During the experiment, he approaches people in rich and poor areas to see who’s the most honest and will tell him that he’s won the lottery.

A creative San Francisco-based YouTube user went to extreme lengths to test people’s honesty in the face of monetary temptation by pretending to be blind while approaching strangers on the street and asking them to check his winning lottery ticket.


YouTuber Jag Singh, whose account is called Johal, donned dark glasses and carried a cane in order to approach two types of people on the street in theSan Francisco - those walking around a 'rich area' of town, and homeless people sitting in a parking lot. With a winning lottery ticket in hand, he asked the strangers to tell him whether or not he had been lucky enough to win some money.

And while some showed no hesitation to tell him the truth, others were not quite so forthcoming - and Jag hopes that his social experiment will persuade viewers to visit a charitable site called Helpfreely.org.



At the start of the three and a half minute clip, Jag sets up the experiment by revealing to viewers that he has a winning $500 scratch-off lottery ticket.

He explains that he plans to walk up to homeless people and individuals in a wealthy neighborhood and ask them the same question: Did he win?

The catch is that Jag will be wearing sunglasses and feeling his way with a cane, convincingly playing the part of a blind man unable to see his fortune for himself.

First, he visits a 'wealthier area' of town, calling out to a passing man who stops to talk to him. Jag tells the man that his mom gave him the lottery ticket in his hand and told him it was a big winner, but he wanted to confirm whether it really was. He explains to the man that he is blind, so he can't see the ticket himself.

Shockingly, the man takes the ticket from Jag's hand, looks both ways, and then walks away without a word.

In an interview with Daily Mail Online, Jag noted that he wasn't actually worried about the possibility of someone stealing the ticket because, while it was real, it wouldn't bring the thief any riches. Jag's family owns convenience stores, so the ticket he was using had already been redeemed by someone.


And Jag has a very similar experience when he approaches another man, who is dressed nicely in a button-down and slacks, with the same story.

'No, it's not a winner, not at all,' the lying man tells him before slipping the ticket into his own pocket and adding that he's happy to get rid of it for Jag.

Jag then gives him a second chance to do the right thing, asking if he's sure.

'I've looked at it twice, three times now. Not a winner,' the man replies.

In a twist, Jag then informs the man that he's not actually blind after all. Angry, the man says 'bulls***' and throws the ticket on the ground before walking away quickly, likely embarrassed to have been caught in the act.

Before viewers lose faith in all of humanity however, Jagthen turns his sights on homeless people sitting on curbs in a local parking lot - and gets a very different result.

'By golly, you won $500 on this,' one down-on-his-luck man in a baseball cap tells him earnestly.

Jag, pleased to finally get an honest response, then takes off his sunglasses and tells the man the truth. He's not really blind - but wants to help the man out by giving him $10. The few bucks are especially welcome since the man informs Jag that he hadn't eaten since breakfast the day before.

The prankster experiences a similar outcome with a homeless woman. When he asks her whether is ticket really is a winner, she exclaims: 'Wow! It's a $500 winner.'

Touchingly, the woman seems genuinely excited for Jag, laughing while she directs him to go cash it. Jag rewards her as well, handing her a $10 bill for being so 'honest and generous'.

At the end of the clip, Jag notes that he performed the experiment as a way to encourage more people to donate to others in need. He invites viewers to Helpfreely.org, a site that has teamed up with thousands of stores, like Expedia, Groupon, and eBay, which will donate a portion of each purchase to a charity of the shopper's choice.

He hopes that people will be inspired to give back, especially if they were as touched by the experiment as he was.

'I was extremely sad from the results,' he told Daily Mail Online. 'Seeing someone who is homeless on the streets and doesn't take my lottery ticket compared to someone who had a job - it's a pretty sad thing.'