- Associated Press - Thursday, January 24, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A chef who cooked for President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama says he will use his winnings in a North Carolina lottery game to feed the hungry in the Dominican Republic.

A news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery on Wednesday said Roberto Mendoza of Charlotte said he followed his mother’s intuition and bought a Hit $500 ticket at a local convenience store.

Mendoza, who won $250,000 in the scratch-off game, said he would use the $176,876 he took home after taxes to finish building a cafeteria in the Dominican Republic. He said he told himself when he was a teen that if he was ever in a position to give back, he would do everything he could to ensure no one else has to go hungry.

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