Kroger associates give $9K of lottery bonus to flood relief

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – Employees of a West Virginia Kroger store that won a $10,000 bonus for selling a winning Powerball ticket are giving most of it to help victims of last week’s flooding in their state.

Kroger said Thursday that company policy is for associates to determine charities to receive the bonus.

So when Barb and Sam Ratliff of Elkview won $1 million with a Powerball ticket he bought at the Beckley Crossing Kroger, the employees had a decision to make.

The company said the workers chose to donate $9,000 of the bonus to the American Red Cross to be distributed to flood victims in West Virginia, as well as $500 to the American Cancer Society in Beckley and $500 to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the associates, Cathy Thomas, said while there are many deserving charities, the workers felt like flood relief is now the top priority.

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