Big Lots Invites the Public to Vote for Winner of Lots2Give Video Contest

Forty-six schools will share $100,000 in cash prizes

Jun 07, 2010, 11:00 ET from Big Lots, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is reaching out to the public to determine the 46 winners in their Lots2Give video contest by voting online for their favorite video. The contest is part of the third annual Lots2Give program launched by Big Lots to help schools in need of financial support across America.

Big Lots asked participating schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. The cash awards include one $10,000 grand prize and forty-five $2,000 first prizes.

From June 7 through July 5, the public can vote for their favorite Lots2Give video up to 3 times a day by visiting Those votes will determine the schools that will share $100,000 in cash prizes.

"Big Lots is excited to extend a helping hand to schools in need of financial support in the communities we serve," said CEO Steve Fishman. "We invite the public to join us in selecting the winners of our Lots2Give video contest and contributing to an important cause."

Along with the Lots2Give video contest, participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program. Now through July 5, customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores. One hundred percent of donations will go to participating schools.

For more information and to watch videos and vote, please visit

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is a Fortune 500 company with 1,369 stores in 47 states. As the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer, Big Lots offers consumers a wide range of bargain-priced merchandise, including brand-name closeouts, seasonal products, consumables, furniture, housewares, toys, and gifts. The Company also sells merchandise through BIG LOTS WHOLESALE, CONSOLIDATED INTERNATIONAL, and WISCONSIN TOY, and

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