Kroger donates 100% of winning ticket bonus

One lucky Knoxville store is cashing in on their lottery success and helping our community in the process.

The Tennessee Lottery gave a $25,000 check to the Clinton Highway Kroger in North Knoxville on Friday.

The lucky retailers got that money for selling the winning Powerball ticket this month worth $259.8 million. The store then split up all that money among five local charities, which is something the lottery CEO says is a first in her experience.

Meanwhile, everyone is still waiting for the jackpot winner to come forward.

"This far in at a Kroger, my guess is it's somebody in this neighborhood. And they may not even know yet. They may have put the ticket in their glove box and forgot all about it. So when they clean out their glove box, they'll go oh let's see-- they'll be surprised then," said Rebecca Hargrove, CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

The so far unclaimed money is the biggest jackpot in Tennessee Lottery history.

The winner has until December 8th to claim the prize.


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