Store that sold winning Powerball lottery ticket donates its $50,000 reward

A grocery store that sold the fifth largest-ever Powerball jackpot lottery ticket is donating the tens of thousands of dollars it received for being the vendor.

The Fred Meyer in Auburn, Washington, was rewarded $50,000 for selling the winning $754.6million Powerball ticket earlier this week.

On Thursday, the store donated the entire amount to the Auburn Food Bank.

The act of kindness is part of the supermarket’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign aimed at ending hunger and getting rid of waste.

‘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 Auburn Food Bank executive director Debbie Christian, according to KING TV.

The $50,000 will pay for 66,000 meals for the community.

Fred Meyer is also giving $10,000 to the Auburn store for its associates to celebrate, said the company’s president Todd Kammeyer.

The winning Powerball ticket was sold on February 5. It had not been claimed as of Thursday. The winner has 180 days from the drawing day to claim the jackpot, before it goes into a reserve account by law.

It is the second time since 2014 that a Powerball jackpot was won in Auburn. The woman at the time won $90,000.

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