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

Monday, June 11, 2012

Big Lots Invites the Public to Vote for Winner of Lots2Give Video Contest10:00 EDT Monday, June 11, 2012Thirty-seven schools will share $120,000 in cash prizesCOLUMBUS, Ohio, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is turning to America to determine the 37 winners in this year's Lots2Give video contest by voting online for their favorite video. The contest is part of the fifth-annual Lots2Give program launched by Big Lots to help schools in need of financial support across America.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20011026/BIGLOTSLOGO )Big Lots asked participating schools to put their creativity to the test by submitting a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. Cash prizes include thirty $2,000 third place prizes, four $5,000 second place prizes, two $10,000 first place prizes and one $20,000 grand prize ? the contest's biggest prize amount total yet! From June 11 through July 8, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting www.biglots.com/lots2give. Those votes will determine the schools that will share $120,000 in cash prizes."The Lots2Give program allows us to connect with schools in need of financial support across the country," said Steve Fishman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.  "We invite America to join us in selecting the winners of our Lots2Give video contest and promoting an important cause."In addition to the Lots2Give video contest, participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program. Customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores through July 8. One hundred percent of donations will go to participating schools.For additional information and to vote for your favorite video, 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 1,450 stores in 48 states and over 80 Liquidation World and LW stores in Canada. As North America'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, WISCONSIN TOY, and www.biglotswholesale.comSOURCE Big Lots, Inc.For further information: Rob Claxton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, +1-614-278-6802