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The Kroger Co. store on East Six Forks Road in Raleigh, N.C., sold a winning lottery ticket worth $250,000 in last week’s record-breaking Mega Millions drawing, which state officials said raised nearly $13 million aimed at North Carolina educational initiatives.
“Kroger recognizes that the lottery offers North Carolinians the exciting chance to win big while supporting important education initiatives as well,” said Carl York, advertising and public relations manager for Kroger’s mid-Atlantic marketing region. “We are excited that a ticket sold at our Raleigh store has earned a $250,000 prize, and we congratulate the winner.”
The North Carolina Education Lottery estimates that the record-breaking jackpot generated an extra $12.9 million in state revenue on March 30 alone. The money raised will go toward supporting pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk toddlers, reducing class sizes in elementary schools, providing need-based college scholarships, paying for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3 and repairing schools. Since its inception in 2005, the state’s lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for these initiatives statewide.
Only four tickets in North Carolina matched all five white balls to earn the quarter-million dollar prize. In addition to Raleigh, winning tickets were sold in Broadway, Jacksonville and Wendell. Smaller awards in the state will also be given to the owners of 369,594 tickets totaling $3 million in prizes.
Three tickets bought in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland won Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot by matching all five white ball numbers 2, 4, 23, 38 and 46 – as well as the Mega ball number, 23. These ticket holders will split a historic jackpot worth $640 million.
Cincinnati-based Kroger has 16 stores throughout North Carolina’s Triangle region among its 2,439 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.