Store That Sold Winning Powerball Ticket Donates Lottery Reward to a Food Bank
Amanda Jackson and Travis Nichols, CNN - February 13, 2023 6:47 am
AUBURN, Wash. —
The grocery store in Washington that sold the winning Powerball jackpot ticket of $754.6 million, the fifth largest in its history, is donating its lottery reward to charity.
The Fred Meyer store in Auburn was rewarded with a $50,000 check from the lottery commission for selling the winning ticket last week, according to the company.
The company in turn donated $50,000 to Auburn Food Bank on Thursday. The donation will provide about 66,000 meals, reads a joint statement from the store and food bank obtained by CNN affiliate KING TV.
“Hunger and food insecurity are critical issues across the state and partnerships like this one with Fred Meyer and QFC (Quality Food Centers) aim to shrink the numbers of people facing food insecurity,” said Debbie Christian, executive director of the Auburn Food Bank.
Fred Meyer added it was in honor of the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact strategy, which is aimed at eliminating waste and ending hunger.
“It’s always good to give back and today everyone wins”, said Todd Kammeyer, Fred Meyer president. “In addition to this donation, Fred Meyer is giving $10,000 to the store for our associates to celebrate.”