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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.