A love of the simple life and a regular trip to McDonald’s for a bargain meal are the main stay of Michigan Powerball winner Donald Lawson’s life. In truth, he said he didn’t need much more. However the 44-year-old was able to tell his whole family to retire after his decision to play Powerball resulted in a mega $337 million jackpot windfall.
Lawson, who describes himself as a ‘hillbilly’, opted like so many to take the lump sum payment for his Powerball jackpot and would net about $158 million after taxes. He decided to let his mother into the secret of his win by telling her that he had won $200,000 and then let her know what the real amount was. It was, he said, his way of playing a little joke.
When he found out that he had won the big prize, the Powerball winner from Michigan phoned his boss at the railroad where he worked and said he definitely wouldn’t be in for the midnight shift, now or any time in the future.
Claiming that he bought a pack of gum when he learned of his Powerball jackpot win and that the money wasn’t going to change him one iota, Lawson did finally admit: “My living situation will greatly improve.”
When he bought the winning ticket at the Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, there was a long line of players and he even thought about not getting a ticket. He decided to hang around though and chose the Powerball winning numbers of 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and the Powerball of 2, which were to come up in the August 14, 2012 Powerball results.
Asked about his plans for the future, Lawson said that he was going to get away from Lapeer and have a good think about what he was going to do. He certainly planned to travel but confessed to being a loner who doesn’t like much in the way of fuss.
The gas station that sold him the ticket containing the Powerball winning numbers also benefited from a $50,000 bonus.
Describing the moment when he realised he was a Powerball jackpot winner, Donald Lawson said that he had put the ticket in a Bible, thought about hiding it in the couch or on top of the fridge before opting to put it in a safety deposit box at the bank. He admitted to having his breath stolen away by the whole affair.
Lawson, who is single but has two daughters, attended the presentation ceremony with his mother and sister. He said that he sat down and had a little prayer when he found out that he held the Michigan Powerball lottery winning ticket. He then phoned his sister and told her that she needed to come over straight away.
After years of playing the lottery, it finally paid off for Donald Lawson and his immediate family. At the time, the August 15th Powerball draw was the third largest in Powerball history and like many players Donald felt he’d win some day – maybe $10,000 or some such amount, but never the big Powerball jackpot.
The highest standing win is the $590 million Powerball jackpot won by Gloria C. Mackenzie in May 2013.
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