( 4UMF NEWS ) $337 Million Powerball Winner Revealed:
The winner of the $337 million Powerball jackpot earlier this month has been revealed: Donald Lawson, 44, of Lapeer, Mich., was introduced Friday by Michigan lottery officials.
Lawson said at a press conference that he had been a railroad engineer before quitting a couple of weeks ago. Lawson, who said he has two daughters, was joined at the announcement by his mother, sister and brother-in-law.
The winning ticket for the Aug. 15 jackpot — the third largest ever for Powerball — was purchased at a Sunoco gas station and convenience store in the town of Lapeer, about 60 miles north of Detroit. Lawson said he was born in Arkansas and moved to Lapeer about 10 years ago.
The winning numbers from the Aug. 15 drawing were 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21.
Lawson said that after checking his ticket he “sat there and said a prayer, then called my sister and told her to come home right now … then I told them.”
He said he had put the ticket “in my Bible, and under my couch, then on top of my fridge.”
Lawson took the option to receive the money in lump sum — which would be about $224 million before taxes. Powerball officials say most winners opt for the one-time payout.