ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In August, Powerball announced that a single ticket sold at a Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Mass., was the winner of the $758.7 million jackpot. According to Massachusetts law, the store that sells a winning ticket will receive a maximum lottery commission grant of $50,000. The store’s founder, Bob Bolduc, immediately announced that the entire amount would be donated to local charities in Western Massachusetts.
On this week’s Episode of Convenience Matter, “The Ultimate Lottery Winners,” Bolduc talks about the company’s commitment to giving to local charities and how this special prize wouldn’t be an exception.
Bolduc tells co-hosts Jeff Lenard and Carolyn Schnare how the company opened an application period for local charities in the Springfield and Worchester areas of to request grants.
Convenience retailers recognize the importance of engaging with their community. NACS recently published a Community Toolkit, which has ideas to partner with national groups with local affiliates. When asked how to locate local community groups to engage with, Bolduc said: “Trust me, they’ll find you if you start asking.” The company focuses most often on helping children’s charities in the areas their stores are located in.
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