Pictured here is Jason Fry. He's another lottery winner that was featured on TLC's Lottery Changed My Life TV show.
Jason Fry won $13.6 million from Florida Lotto in December of 2007.
What can you do with a $13.6 million win? Tons of stuff - You can party, you can travel the world, you can relax... Or, if you're Jason Fry, you can get into your real life-long passion - BATTERIES!
Yep, Jason loves batteries, so he bought a BatteriesPlus franchise in Cape Coral, Florida. After purchasing the store, he was able to increase the sales at that location by 30%, making it the #1 BatteriesPlus store in the country. That made him the BatteriesPlus franchise king! Since then, he's opened two more locations and is looking into opening more. Business is good!
OK, I'm being a little sarcastic here. Batteries really aren't Jason's passion. He's a business-man and buying the BatteriesPlus store was a business decision. After winning the lottery, he took some time off for himself. After a while he got bored and wanted to do something. Sitting around doing nothing just didn't appeal to him. A friend of his suggested the BatteriesPlus franchise and after doing some due-diligence, he decided to go for it.
Jason did his research - The U.S. battery industry is a $24 billion a year industry. The average American household has 21 items that require batteries. Even in a bad economy, consumers might put off new purchases, but they would continue to buy batteries to keep what they already have running. Sounds like good business sense.
The only problem I see with this is, whenever I need a new battery, I never say to myself, "I need to go to the battery store." They sell batteries at the local convenience store, you know? That's just me, though. BatteriesPlus does, however, offer some specialized services like watch battery repair that you can't find at the local convenience store.
Aside from buying the franchise as a business decision, Jason Fry also wanted to do his part to boost the economy in his home town. "I want people to know that I didn't run to the south of France. I put my money back into our economy. Maybe it's not a huge amount of money, but every little bit helps. It's sad to drive up and down (U.S.) 41 and see all the closed businesses." Cool, but if it were me, I'd have run off to the south of France. Marseille sounds nice. Je veux une bouteille de vin rouge, s'il vous plaît.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011 Tino Sundin
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