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The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Amid the narrow streets and rusty docks of Georgetown, the quiet capital of Guyana, the first signs of an oil boom are visible.

Steel pipe destined for deep-water projects can be seen stacked on wharves near the city center.

Cuts 4dOver at the Marriott, the country’s only five-star hotel, the bar fills up throughout the day with Brazilian oil workers and American contractors.

Boats embark from a new depot on the Demerara River, ferrying supplies to oil projects hundreds of miles from the…

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