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Windfall for man outside casino

May 12 2011
Striker drops a cool grand in Manchester

Mario Balotelli, a player for Manchester City football club, is thought to have given a rough sleeper £1,000 cash after a winning night in a casino.

The star striker, who earns £100,000 a week, is reported to often give cash to homeless people around Manchester, but in mid-April it’s said he gave a large bundle of notes after winning thousands in a casino.

A ‘source’ told the Sun: “Mario is really generous. He always hands £20 notes to the Big Issue boys without even taking the magazine. There’s a guy he always sees around town with ginger dreadlocks and a beard. He carries his possessions in two carrier bags. He was outside the club in the early hours, so Mario handed him a wad of notes after his big win.”

The paper doesn’t look at the security risks to an individual of carrying such a large amount of cash, nor at the dangers it could have for someone who was a drinker or drug user. What they do want to know is “do you know the tramp who got the cash? Call the Sun on 020 7782 4035.”