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Tennessee man claims $259 million Powerball prize

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:59 p.m. HST, Jul 03, 2014


NASHVILLE, Tenn. » A man with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket claimed what officials are calling the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee, and says he plans to use most of the money to support the performing arts.

Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared Thursday at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.

Cockrum, 58, bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville on June 11. Before becoming a millionaire, he worked for 20 years as an actor and stage manager for theater and TV productions.

He later became known as Brother Roy, as he followed a call to religious service with The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal religious community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to the society's "Rule of Life," members of the monastic order take "lifelong vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience in an enduring fellowship."

Cockrum said he plans to use most of the money to start a foundation that will support performing arts organizations around the country.

"It's going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches," he said during a news conference. Beyond that, Cockrum had little to say and let lottery officials do most of the talking.

Lottery officials say it's the largest prize ever won in Tennessee Lottery history.







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blkdrgn wrote:
Why even print these articles when we can't even gamble here legally?
on July 3,2014 | 02:41PM
steveoctober wrote:
So the Boyd casino group in Las Vegas can have a laugh while they greedily take money away from Hawaii's schools and businesses.
on July 3,2014 | 06:15PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Good for Mr. Cockrum of Tennessee. At least people in Tennessee and 48 states in the country aren't afraid of lottery gambling. I thought people in Hawaii had some b*a^l#l@s but have learned otherwise.
on July 3,2014 | 05:45PM
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