Nine c-store employees at the Red Bull, Ill. store will get a chunk of the winnings.
A MotoMart convenience store in southern Illinois that sold one of three lottery tickets that won a share of the world-record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot is celebrating this week.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones presented the MotoMart convenience store’s corporate parent FKG Oil Co. with a ceremonial check for $500,000. The company said $50,000 of the winnings would be split between the nine workers at the store in Red Bud, Ill., which sits about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis. Customers who stopped into the MotoMart received free coffee in celebration, according to the Columbus, Ind. Republic.
Rob Forsyth, president of Belleville-based FKG, told the paper that the company’s winnings are being reinvested into the business. “This will give us another push along the way,” he said.
Forsyth also offered to buy anyone in the town of 3,700 residents a drink at a local tavern called The Office, courtesy of FKG. Customers in the town of Red Bud who stopped into the MotoMart could also get could get a $1 scratch-off lottery ticket that pays out a possible $500 a week for life.
The holder of the winning tickets in Illinois and in Kansas remain anonymous. In Maryland, a McDonald’s worker has claimed to have the third ticket, but had not claimed the jackpot there as of mid-day Thursday.