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$207M Mega Millions lottery winners happy, but waiting

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Posted: December 17, 2008, 9:19 pm - IP Logged

Big O. should just order the Gov't to print out a pile of Benjamins and send it via armoured courier to Piqua (or wherever needed!) to give to the charities. Instead of "spread the wealth" it would be "print the wealth"? OK, food for thought: what would happen if everyone in the country won or was given $1M cash each person simultaneously, rather than the "paltry" stimulus amount? The answer to that is the same as why only a few people win "the big one".

Ironic how the Lottery does the exact opposite of spreading wealth.. it gathers $ in smallish amounts and piles it upon one or a few persons. Then they're expected to what, spread it out again?

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    I agree; I think anybody working at Kroger would be just as deserving of that money as any charity.  I can't imagine they make much more than minimum wage.   how sad.   It would be interesting to note where Kroger donated it's $$$ to.

    I strongly disagree! Look you two, Kroger is a nice size corporation that already gives to charities on a regular basis's but on a corporate level to the large charities! But this time it's different, they get to donate the money (100K) locally to those charities around the area that that Kroger store serves. Now let me ask, can you think of any better way to donate that 100K than to do it within your own community? I sure as hell can't! But I'm not one of those types of people who thinks that their employer owes them something other than their job, especially right now in the tough economical times that we all face as a nation! Those who work at that Kroger should be glad they have a job that produces a steady income, where as many people don't have a job even within their own community!

    Yeah, you two be the judge that says that the people that work at that Kroger deserves that money more than someone else does or more than the mother, father and the 3 kids living in the local shelter! Yeah you both go ahead and be that judge and I'll be the first person to shoot you down for that way of thinking!

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      Posted: December 17, 2008, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

      can you think of any better way to donate that 100K than to do it within your own community?

       

      Um...donate it to the people that keep the money making machine that is Kroger afloat? It never fails to amaze me how little lower tier employees are appreciated yet without them the company would sink within a day.

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        can you think of any better way to donate that 100K than to do it within your own community?

         

        Um...donate it to the people that keep the money making machine that is Kroger afloat? It never fails to amaze me how little lower tier employees are appreciated yet without them the company would sink within a day.

        Wrong Again! But this person who wrote that above is LIVING PROOF THAT THE EMPLOYER OWES ME SOMETHING WAY OF THINKING MENTALITY SYNDROME is still alive and strong in this nation! Oh and don't forget the WITHOUT ME YOUR COMPANY IS NOTHING WAY OF THINKING TOO is still alive in this nation! Thank You GamerMom. 

        For every one person that's working at that Store their are 30 people just waiting to take a job at that store. There is no shortage of people to fill a job opening at a grocery store, not anywhere in the country! Heck and that's even in good economical times, let alone the tough times we are having now! 

        So, please take your pathetically weak argument for the 100K to be given to the employees of the Kroger grocery store to your church congregation; and let them flog you for your inability to see the big picture of the many people within the community benefiting, rather than just the chosen few that work at the Kroger!

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          Posted: December 18, 2008, 12:55 am - IP Logged

          Sorry folks for my bluntness, but it's people like those two that really piss me off! Especially now around Christmas. 

          I could bet a billion dollars that if those two were the ones who didn't have a job and were living on the street or with some friends or in the shelter with their family; They'd be the first to complain to Kroger headquarters for giving all that money to the employees instead of spreading the wealth around to all the local charities within the community that could have helped them and a great number of other people/families out of their situation.

          How many of you agree with that analogy? I'm curious to know.

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            Kroger's is unionized they start their employees out at something like 6.50 an hour. I'm sure many of them would like a piece of the action. Many a store manager in other stores has given employees a share of the lottery commission award. But i think because Kroger's is a corporation it's up to the field office to do with the commission whatever they want. And it's probably in the charter to donate lottery commissions to charitable organizations.

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              Sorry folks for my bluntness, but it's people like those two that really piss me off! Especially now around Christmas. 

              I could bet a billion dollars that if those two were the ones who didn't have a job and were living on the street or with some friends or in the shelter with their family; They'd be the first to complain to Kroger headquarters for giving all that money to the employees instead of spreading the wealth around to all the local charities within the community that could have helped them and a great number of other people/families out of their situation.

              How many of you agree with that analogy? I'm curious to know.

              I wouldn't be jobless, I would get a job at Kroger

               

              hhahahahahahahahaha

              seriously switch to decaf.  you seem wayyy to upset over this.

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                Posted: December 18, 2008, 9:38 am - IP Logged

                I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST. I ALSO  HAVE A MEGA MILLIONS CLUB, THERE IS 11  MEMBERS. I KNOW WHEN WE WIN  I WILL BE SHOUTING FROM THE ROOF TOPS.PartyALL ARE MEMBERS NEED Smiley Santa

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                  Sorry folks for my bluntness, but it's people like those two that really piss me off! Especially now around Christmas. 

                  I could bet a billion dollars that if those two were the ones who didn't have a job and were living on the street or with some friends or in the shelter with their family; They'd be the first to complain to Kroger headquarters for giving all that money to the employees instead of spreading the wealth around to all the local charities within the community that could have helped them and a great number of other people/families out of their situation.

                  How many of you agree with that analogy? I'm curious to know.

                  BarristaExpress, I don't understand why distrbuting bonus money among Kroger employees would piss you off so much. Kroger never specified which charities the 100k would go to, so there is a possibility the money would not even end up at the homeless shelter. And even if the money did end up at the homeless shelter it's not like the money goes directly to the families living there. The money would be used to help provide goods and services to the people living there. I don't think that the shelter or any other charity would turn anyone away because they did not get 100k from Kroger that did not count on anyway. Thats why they have a operating budget.

                  I was just merely suggesting what I would do if I was at the head of Kroger. Kroger decided to donate to charity and I respect that decision but it is certainly not worth getting pissed off about! There have been other companies who have distributed money among their employees and I have yet to see an uprising from the homeless community so I don't agree with your analogy.

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                    Kroger has lots of stores all over Ohio. In some areas, they have several stores in the same city and some of their employees work at more than one of them.  It could be a real headache trying to divide the bonus money among the employees who spent some time in the store that sold the winning ticket in a fair manner.  This is all avoided by simply giving the money to charity.  Besides Christmas is about giving not receiving and any employee who doesn't like their company policies is free to work some where else.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      BarristaExpress, I don't understand why distrbuting bonus money among Kroger employees would piss you off so much. Kroger never specified which charities the 100k would go to, so there is a possibility the money would not even end up at the homeless shelter. And even if the money did end up at the homeless shelter it's not like the money goes directly to the families living there. The money would be used to help provide goods and services to the people living there. I don't think that the shelter or any other charity would turn anyone away because they did not get 100k from Kroger that did not count on anyway. Thats why they have a operating budget.

                      I was just merely suggesting what I would do if I was at the head of Kroger. Kroger decided to donate to charity and I respect that decision but it is certainly not worth getting pissed off about! There have been other companies who have distributed money among their employees and I have yet to see an uprising from the homeless community so I don't agree with your analogy.

                      As usual some people can't see the forest, for the trees! And it's those same people that have short term memory about what they wrote or said in the first place.

                      Isn't that called something or another, damn I know I got it right here on the tip of my tonuge,  um um um oh yeah; "It's Called Having Selective Memory". ROFL

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                        I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST. I ALSO  HAVE A MEGA MILLIONS CLUB, THERE IS 11  MEMBERS. I KNOW WHEN WE WIN  I WILL BE SHOUTING FROM THE ROOF TOPS.PartyALL ARE MEMBERS NEED Smiley Santa

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                        Hi randy-red or any Lottery post winners.

                        I Agree!

                        I wish them all the best too. Do you  have any rules for being in a pool.  I am trying to make a pool but I don't have any rules.  Please help me out.

                         

                        Thanks.Lurking

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                          Kroger's has it's own foundation as i said it is probably in their guidelines to donate any proceeds from the lottery to the foundation they already have in place.
                           
                           

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                            I am glad that it was a group that won and not one indivdual. Like President-elect Obama said to Joe the Plumber, " Let's spread the wealth around!" I also think that Kroger should have split the bonus money among their employees that work there. That would have been a nice bonus for the holidays. I think that the company was just looking at the tax implications of donating 100K.

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                            Every dime they spend on legitimate expenses is deductible, so givingit to the employees would be at least as good as giving it to charity,as far as taxes go.  Apparently they're trying to be a good corporatecitizen and give back to the community that supports them.

                            as far as giving it to the employees, why do they deserve anything? What did any of them do that is special? They sold a lottery ticket. Whoop dee freaking doo. As far as effort goes, that ticket was just like all the losers they sold. Have you considered that perhaps the employees at  the next Krogers up the road worked just as hard, or perhaps even harder, and are equally deserving?

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                              Posted: December 19, 2008, 2:19 am - IP Logged

                              can you think of any better way to donate that 100K than to do it within your own community?

                               

                              Um...donate it to the people that keep the money making machine that is Kroger afloat? It never fails to amaze me how little lower tier employees are appreciated yet without them the company would sink within a day.

                              That's essentially what they're doing. Kroger's is "kept afloat" by the community that shops there. By donating to charity, they're giving the money back to the community.