NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 3, 2014) Roy Cockrum, 58, of Knoxville, Tenn., claimed what officials called the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee Thursday with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket.
Cockrum 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 bought the ticket on June 11 at a Kroger store in Knoxville.
Before becoming a millionaire, he worked for 20 years as an actor and stage manager for theater and TV productions.
Cockrum says he is planning to use the major portion of the money to start a foundation that will support performing arts organizations around the country.
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