NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va., Dec 31, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
For retired horse trainer Charlie Bourque, this was no ordinary shopping trip to his favorite Dollar General. This morning, on the eve of a new year, Charlie was prepared to bring home something he never dreamed possible.
$1 million. Or $10,000. One of those prizes was his.
An oversized check in the parking lot of the North Chester Street Dollar General store held the potentially life-changing number. As a winner in Dollar General's Shop 'N Win Millionaire Sweepstakes, all Charlie had to do was unveil it.
As a nervous crowd looked on and with cameras rolling, Charlie began uncovering digits on the oversized check, starting at the decimal and moving left. He quickly uncovered four zeroes. Then, after a long pause, Charlie uncovered a fifth "0." The crowd erupted in applause.
"I still have the jitters! It still doesn't seem real to me," Charlie said. "I have never won anything like this in my life. It will change my life, but I'll still be Charlie."
Charlie has made tentative plans for how he'll spend his prize.
"I'd like to buy a house and some land, help my sister and donate some of it to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said Charlie, who buys cleaning supplies, pet food and his favorite pair of pants at Dollar General. Employees at the North Chester Street store, where his winning purchase was made, will be rewarded with a party, and each employee will receive $1,000.
Charlie's entry was randomly chosen from more than 1.7 million entries received for the Dollar General Shop 'N Win Millionaire Sweepstakes. The promotion's weekly prizes included diamond tennis bracelets, TVs and gift cards. The Dollar General "Shop 'N Win Millionaire" sweepstakes ran from Sept. 28 to Dec. 15, 2008. For a complete list of winners and sweepstakes rules, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 8,300 neighborhood stores. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time, Save money(R) by offering national branded items that are frequently used and replenished such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood stores. Dollar General is among the largest retailers of top-quality products made by America's most trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, PepsiCo, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco and Fruit of the Loom.
SOURCE: Dollar General
Tawn Earnest, 615-642-6236
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