Who is Todd Graves? Raising Cane's CEO buys 50k MEGA MILLIONS lottery tickets for 50k employees

Who is Todd Graves? Raising Cane's CEO buys 50k MEGA MILLIONS lottery tickets for 50k employees
Todd Graves purchased 50,000 Mega Millions tickets (@toddgraves/ Instagram and @ToddGraves/ Twitter)

Todd Graves, the founder of the fast-food chain Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, bought 50,000 Mega Millions lottery tickets for his 50,000 employees, with whom he promised to share the $810 million prize.

On July 26, Todd took to Twitter to share the news as he uploaded a video of multiple Mega Millions tickets being printed along with the caption, "POV: You just bought 50,000 Mega Millions tickets for your Raising Cane's crewmembers." He wrote, "Buying 50,000 lottery tickets is harder than you think! Hoping to share the winning jackpot with our 50,000 @RaisingCanes Crew." However, Graves' generosity might have been in vain, since Tuesday's drawing yielded no winners.


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Mega Millions jackpot

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play, and is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Players are required to pick six numbers from two separate pools, five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) - or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. On July 25, the Mega Millions jackpot hit $810 million, the third largest in the lottery's history, which led Todd to buy the tickets. As per CBS, Todd said, "As soon as we heard how big this jackpot prize is, we couldn't miss out on the chance to win the Mega Millions jackpot and share it with our crew, who always stand together,"  

"None of what we do at Cane's would be possible without our crew, which is why we are always looking for ways to bring them a little extra fun, and if we're lucky, a surprise on Wednesday morning," he said.

'Not a joke'

Raising Cane’s COO AJ Kumaran said, as per Fox, on Tuesday, July 26, that the company bought 50,000 lottery tickets, one for each employee. "It’s not a joke. We’ve been around for 25 years now. We’ve always believed in staying together as a family, taking care of each other, everything." He further added, "Things are hard out there. People are seeing it in their grocery tills, in their gas stations, all of it. So when [the] jackpot came to this big, large number, we wanted to do this."

The jackpot crosses $1 billion

No winning tickets were sold for Tuesday night's, July 26, drawing, which had a jackpot of $810 million. The winning numbers were: 29, 63, 66, 7, 60 and a 'Mega Ball' of 15. Hence, according to CBS, the jackpot has now crossed the $1 billion threshold. The grand prize in Friday night's, July 29, drawing will be an estimated $1.02 billion, lottery officials said. 

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