Despite a massive jackpot, one Mega Millions winner has yet to claim the grand prize in Friday’s $1.33 billion drawing, according to the New York Lottery. However, two lucky New Yorkers managed to nab second prizes. A ticket purchased at the Moonlight Deli & Grocery on 21st Street in Astoria and another bought at the Bolla convenience store at a gas station in Sheepshead Bay both won $1 million.
The company, which is based in Garden City, NY, operates a network of more than 250 convenience stores in Long Island and the surrounding metropolitan area. It also operates a fleet of trucks that distributes fuel to its company-owned stations and independent franchisees. In addition, it owns and operates a chain of auto repair shops and car washes. Bolla’s founder, Harry Singh, emigrated from Punjab, India, in 1989 and has built the company into a multi-million-dollar empire.
Singh recently created a trucking company to bring his fuel purchasing in-house, eliminating the need to rely on the price charged by jobbers. This allows him to monitor oil prices on a daily basis and load up his trucks when the price is right, saving money in the process. Singh plans to use the cost savings to reinvest in his business.
In addition to its convenience stores and gas stations, Bolla also owns and operates a fleet of trucks that distributes gasoline under the ExxonMobil, Sunoco, and Gulf brands. The company is a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores and sells its products throughout the United States.
Bolla markets itself as a high-end gourmet experience, offering organic coffee, fresh-baked pastries, and food from affiliate partners like Burger King, Pizza Hut, Red Mango, and Tim Horton’s. The chain has also partnered with the American-based retail technology company NCR to provide its point of sale (POS) system. POS software from NCR helps to streamline business operations and provide a seamless customer experience. Retail Data Systems, an authorized reseller of NCR hardware and software, facilitated the partnership with Bolla.
Ball Market in Sheepshead Bay Sells $1 Million Mega Millions Lottery Ticket
Someone in Sheepshead Bay is waking up a million dollars richer today. One of the second-place winning tickets for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing was sold at a local deli in the neighborhood. The ticket purchased at Ansha on Fourth and Bay Ridge avenues matched the five white balls and the Mega Ball for a grand prize of up to $277 million.
The Sheepshead Bay Bolla Market was among a handful of New York City locations to sell a winning ticket. Another was sold at Moonlight Deli and Grocery in Astoria. The $1 billion jackpot was won by a ticket sold in Michigan, but two New York residents scored the same consolation prize.
Cashier Ashir Haidery came into work at the Sheepshead Bay location on Gerritsen Avenue this morning expecting a typical Saturday. He would have been surprised to learn that the store sold a winning ticket for the September 20 Mega Millions drawing.
According to spokesperson Brad Maione, it is not unheard of for a Bolla Market to make Notícias do Mercado da Bola with a lottery winner. He added that the store was doing brisk business this week with Powerball hopefuls looking for their next big win. Maione said that winners of a million dollars and up are posted on the lottery website and have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.
Bola Market’s New Social Media
Bolla Market has branched out from their traditional convenience stores and into social media. The company is now using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote their products and services. They have also launched a new mobile app that lets customers order food from their favorite restaurants and pick it up at their local Bolla store.
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