A record lottery jackpot has put NPR CEO Jarl Mohn in the giving mood.
NPR staffers reported Wednesday on Twitter that Mohn purchased a Powerball ticket for each of the network’s employees.
Line in the lobby of NPR because our CEO bought a #Powerball ticket for every full-time employee. #nprlife pic.twitter.com/GbVu0CC094
— BrakktonBookerNPR (@brakktonbooker) January 13, 2016
.@NPR CEO @jarlmohn just bought everyone a #powerball ticket !!! *not playing responsibly if I win tho* #nprlife pic.twitter.com/fWVIEEygE9
— kainazamaria (@kainazamaria) January 13, 2016
Got a free Powerball ticket from NPR's CEO. I'm gonna buy so many tote bags if I win. https://t.co/PrhL03pZs4 pic.twitter.com/PEy9lPs3QY
— Joe Ruiz (@joeruiz) January 13, 2016
NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara confirmed the news with Current.
The drawing for the record $1.5 billion jackpot takes place later tonight.
The catch: if an NPR staffer wins she or he will give half to NPR.
NPR's CEO just bought everyone in the building a Powerball ticket. The stipulation is that if we win, half of our haul must go to @NPR.
— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) January 13, 2016
New plan to fund #NPR Boss Jarl Mohn bought every staff member a lottery ticket #nprlife #PowerballFever pic.twitter.com/kEmHxHiFka
— Jason Beaubien (@jasonbnpr) January 13, 2016
But not all NPR employees were on-board:
Gambling is addictive & regressive. I don't want to support it in any way. I don't think this is cute. #killjoy https://t.co/u4T82TFiPB
— Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya) January 13, 2016
NPR has more than 800 employees, according to its website.
Update: This post was updated with confirmation from NPR.
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