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This chapter discusses Togolese who apply for the U.S. Diversity Visa lottery. More Togolese per capita apply for the Green Card lottery than those from any other African country, and winners attempt to game the system by adding “spouses” and dependents to their dossiers, reinventing kinship along the way. The U.S. embassy in Lomé knows this gaming is going on and constructs ever more elaborate tests to attempt to decipher the authenticity of winners’ marriages and job profiles—and of their moral worth as citizens—tests that immediately circulate to those on the street. This chapter explores the cat-and-mouse game between street...

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