Knoxville Kroger donates $25,000 lottery check to charity

Knoxville Kroger donates $25,000 lottery check to charity

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The Tennessee Lottery presented the Knoxville supermarket that sold the winning $259.8 million Powerball ticket a check for $25,000. The Tennessee Lottery presented the Knoxville supermarket that sold the winning $259.8 million Powerball ticket a check for $25,000.
Immediately, Kroger officials announced they would be donating 100 percent of the check to five area charities. Immediately, Kroger officials announced they would be donating 100 percent of the check to five area charities.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Lottery presented the Knoxville supermarket that sold the winning $259.8 million Powerball ticket a check for $25,000 Friday that the store says will completely go to charity.

Lottery officials presented the check to Kroger, 6702 Clinton Highway, Friday afternoon.

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Immediately, Kroger officials announced they would be donating 100 percent of the check to five area charities: Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, Cystic Fibrosis, Children's Hospital, the Teacher's Supply Depot and Love Kitchen, which will each receive $5,000.

"It didn't really take us long to decide that we need to give the money back to the Knoxville community. There's so many worthwhile organizations, worthwhile charities, and so many that we've already supported and worked with for years," said store manager Melissa Eads.

The Tennessee Lottery says this is the first time a retailer has given all of the proceeds to charity.

There is still no word on who won the jackpot. If the winner claims the ticket, the lump sum cash prize is worth more than $153 million, the largest amount in Tennessee lottery history.

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