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How 1 percent of Powerball winnings would help local charities

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Anyone who's ever bought a lottery ticket has probably fantasized about how they'd spend it. For some, that fantasy includes helping others. KCTV5 wanted to know how the winnings would translate for several local charities if the winner gave just 1 percent.

The idea is one ticket buyers at the Red X in Riverside, MO, liked. Some had personal connections to certain causes and hardly had to pause to consider the charity they would choose.

"The American Heart Association," Hilary Mandel of Prairie Village said. "Because my dad had heart disease."

"Breast cancer awareness," Kansas City's Natasha Neilsen said. "My aunt had breast cancer so I would have to do that one."

E.J. Cavazos was in town from Texas, staying in a motel while working with a construction crew. He couldn't come up with a name, but knew the cause dear to his heart.

"Probably, like to some kind of kids' charity or something," he said. "Like a disease, you know, because I've got kids."

One ticket buyer's eyes lit up with the idea as she listed one group after another.

"I know World Vision," Nikki Parker of Kansas City said. "Then there's some charity converting bad water to good water in Africa, education here in Kansas City, definitely, and I'd probably give to my church also."

The jackpot was half a billion but, when it comes down to it, the lump sum is closer to $360 million. One percent of that is $3.6 million.

"$3.6 million would be wonderful," exclaimed Nancy Feldhausen of Harvesters, a regional food bank.

Because Harvesters operates on such a large scale, a single dollar buys enough food for five meals. $3.6 million would buy 18,000,000 meals, a good chunk more than the 33,000,000 meals they've already provided in 2012.

"Harvesters is feeding one in eight people in our region in the 26 counties we serve," Feldhausen said. "So, yes, there are that many hungry people out there."

Community LINC could shelter and serve over 300 homeless families with approximately 1,200 children. It would expand the organization's existing capacity to serve approximately 500 families and thousands of children every year to prevent re-entry into homeless shelters. With its multi-tiered approach to tackling homelessness, Community LINC's executive staff said the positive impact would be there for everyone in the area.

"Historically 80 percent of the families served remain stable with a cumulative economic impact of nearly $700,000 to taxable revenue for our city," Teresa McClain, Community LINC's associate executive director, said.

KC Pet Project takes in 8,000 animals in a year. Just part of that 1 percent could build a new shelter or renovate the existing one on Raytown Road behind Arrowhead Stadium.

For Wayside Waifs, the contribution would complete its capital campaign, adding 6,190 square feet to its vet clinic and admissions department.

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