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Canton man wins $1M lottery prize while buying hot dog

Canton man wins $1M lottery prize while buying hot dog

CANTON, Ga. -- Virgil Goddard visited a central Georgia convenience store to buy a hot dog. He left $1 million richer.

Goddard bought a lucky lottery ticket at E Z Trip on South Highway 247 in Kathleen, Ga., just south of Warner Robins. He scratched the $10 Million Cash Spectacular instant game ticket in his truck.

"I saw all of those zeroes, and I was just excited," he said.

Goddard was on a weekend hunting trip when he bought the ticket. Wednesday, Georgia Lottery officials presented him with an oversize check at the CITGO on Marietta Highway in Canton, closer to his home.

The lucky winner said he is going to have fun with the prize money.

"I'm going to enjoy life, and that includes more hunting too," he said.

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

ATLANTA -- Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores.

A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes card numbers, postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a government bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified by current anti-virus software.

UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee says the company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack.

Atlanta-based UPS says it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at stores in 24 states, about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 franchised locations.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.