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Big Lots Launches Third Annual Lots2Give Program

Monday, April 26, 2010

Big Lots Launches Third Annual Lots2Give Program11:00 EDT Monday, April 26, 2010192 Schools Across America Selected to ParticipateCOLUMBUS, Ohio, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) today announced its 2010 Lots2Give program to support education. After successful programs in 2008 and 2009, this year Big Lots increased both the number of schools selected to participate as well as the contest prize amount. The 192 schools across America that have been selected to participate will be the recipients of an in-store donation program and will also have the opportunity to take part in an online video contest where they could win a share of $100,000 in cash prizes.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."Big Lots is dedicated to enhancing the quality of education in the communities we serve," said CEO Steve Fishman. "We invite the public to join us in helping schools in need of financial support."Schools were selected based on geographic location and level of need as determined by Big Lots. The program could mean thousands of dollars for participating schools. As in years past, the public will be invited to vote online to determine the winners of the video contest and cash prizes."The Lots2Give program allows us to connect with schools in need of financial support across the country," noted Rob Claxton, Senior Vice President of Marketing. "This year the program is even bigger and better."For more information and a complete list of participating stores and schools, please visit www.biglots.com/lots2give.About Big Lots, Inc.Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is a Fortune 500 company with more than 1,360 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 www.biglotswholesale.comSOURCE Big Lots, Inc.For further information: Rob Claxton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, +1-614-278-6802