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.
— BrakktonBookerNPR (@brakktonbooker) January 13, 2016
— kainazamaria (@kainazamaria) January 13, 2016
— 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
— Jason Beaubien (@jasonbnpr) January 13, 2016
But not all NPR employees were on-board:
— 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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