Seller of Winning Powerball Jackpot to Donate Store’s Share

Pride convenience store owner Bob Bolduc is also a member of NACS.

August 25, 2017

CHICOPEE, Mass. – The owner of the Pride convenience store location that sold the winning Powerball ticket will donate the store’s share to charity, the Boston Globe reports. A single ticket won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday.

Initially, the Massachusetts State Lottery indicated a Watertown convenience store had sold the winning ticket, only to correct that statement early Thursday to the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, which is owned by Bob Bolduc. Bolduc owns the Pride chain and is a NACS member.

“We apologize for the confusion this created and remain thrilled that a jackpot winning ticket and two $1 million winning tickets were sold here in Massachusetts,” said Michael Sweeney, executive director for the state lottery.

Before the winner came forward, Bolduc told reporters yesterday that “we hope that they share it properly, also, because there’s a lot of needs in this area.” For his portion—around $50,000—Bolduc plans to donate all of it to local charities.

His 30 Pride locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts have sold winning lottery tickets before, including four $1 million tickets and a single $4 million ticket. “This location has had some big ones,” he said of the Chicopee store.

Bolduc also mentioned that the family business is already celebrating 100 years, so selling the winning ticket is icing on the cake.