Knoxville Man Claims $259 Million Powerball Prize

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knoxville man has claimed the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket.

Roy Cockrum appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville Thursday to claim the prize. He is planning 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.

Cockrum says he is planning to use the majority of the money to start a foundation that will support performing arts organizations around the country.

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

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