After selling the record-setting Mega Millions ticket in January, Kroger announced Tuesday it will be donating the $50,000 ticket commission to the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
While the lucky winner of the $1.05 billion jackpot has yet to step forward and claim their prize, Kroger has decided to spread its luck to Michiganders in need. As part of its Zero Hunger Zero Waste program, which aims to end hunger by donating 3 billion meals by 2025, the grocery chain will aid local food banks with the commission.
“I applaud Kroger for their generous donation and continued commitment to feeding those in the communities they serve,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in the release announcing the donation. “During these tough times, it has been incredible to see the ways in which our communities can come together to ensure that nobody goes without. If we continue to find ways to support each other, I truly believe that each month of this year will be better than the next.”
With thousands of retailers in Michigan selling lottery tickets, the golden ticket happened to be sold at a Kroger in Novi located at 47650 Grand River Ave. Jan. 22. The lucky player managed to beat the odds and snag the third-largest lottery jackpot ever won in the United States of $1.05 billion
The Food Bank Council of Michigan is a network of regional food banks working to tackle hunger across the state and increase emergency food resources. The donation comes as food banks and pantries are under strain as needs have increased during the pandemic.