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At Lucky Rudy's Stop and Shop in Rosenberg a high jackpot means business is bustling.

And it's called Lucky's for a reason inside the store the ceiling and walls are covered in winning scratch-offs. It's what brings in Charles and Mildean York.

"Use it the right way. That's the proper way to do it, and if you keep a positive state of mind it'll work out with you," said Charles.

But what do you do with more than $500 Million? Most people we asked actually said it's too much money, and they'd be happy to give some of it away.

"Ten percent would go to our church and then of course to charity, a lot to charity, I'd like to help underprivileged children or senior citizens that are needy," said Mildean.

I asked FOX 26 Facebook fans the same question.

Robert Edwards said after buying a house, truck and putting some of it away, he would by some fire trucks and firefighting gear. He also says "fill a food bank."

Don Koether is on the same track. He says "Build a new home and retire, be philanthropic."

We asked five of the largest national nonprofits with local chapters if they've ever seen a lotto winner give back. Only two said yes. The Red Cross has received generous donations from lottery winners in Corpus Christi and Harlingen. Our local food bank says one woman gave them 80% of her winnings.

 

Back at Lucky Rudy's, Renita Francis is fighting the odds, which by the way officials estimate is 1 in 195 Million. She's even joined Rudy's own $10/per person pool.

"I got a whole lot I want do with it," said Francis. "Go to Paris, Iwouldn't work anymore,"

Of course never forgetting to give back too she says.

"The first thing I would do is give some to the church," she said.

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