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Stripes Store Awarded $180,000 After Lottery Win

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- One of Susser Corp.'s Stripes stores here received its $180,000 prize this week for selling a winning $18 million lottery ticket in October.

It is the first time a Stripes convenience store received a prize for selling a grand prize winning ticket, according to a report in the Caller-Times.

"The money most likely will go to Susser's general operating fund," Richard Sebastian, the chain's senior vice president, told the newspaper. "This particular store will be able to include the money as part of its yearly revenues and usually managers at good performing stores get a bonus."

The company offers its employees various financial incentives throughout the year through different programs, store officials said. It is unknown which of the three employees at the store sold the winning ticket on the evening of Oct. 18.

Meanwhile, Bilma Lopez, the woman who won the prize, was served with divorce papers last month and a temporary restraining order that prevents her from spending the winnings, according to the report. Lopez's ex-husband, Frank, claims the two reconciled and qualify as common-law husband and wife, so he deserves a portion of the winnings. Bilma Lopez selected a cash value option, which means the money was awarded at its estimated cash value of $11 million in one lump sum, as opposed to 25 annual payments.
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