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Petal raffle winner gets $492.16 worth of free groceries

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Raffle winner Melissa Myrick leaves Corner Market Friday morning with $492.16 worth of free groceries. Raffle winner Melissa Myrick leaves Corner Market Friday morning with $492.16 worth of free groceries.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

A Laurel woman's $10 donation to a worthy cause has turned into a $500 blessing for her and her family this holiday weekend. Melissa Myrick got lots of free groceries at Corner Market Friday morning, as the winner of the third annual Great Grocery Grab Raffle.

It's a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Petal.

Myrick was allowed three minutes to put as many different items as she could into a shopping cart. After making her way quickly around the store, she ended up with $492.16 worth of food and other items.

"I bought two tickets from my boss, because she's the governor of Rotary (Club)...$10 worth and I've got almost $500 worth of groceries," said Myrick. "We came in (Corner Market) yesterday and we mapped it out," she said.

"They've gotten smarter as it goes and they come in and look and see exactly what they want and that's OK, it's a good cause," said Mike Sowden, chief operating officer for the Roberts Company, which owns Corner Market.

The raffle benefits the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books to pre-school children.

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