Powerball Winner Solomon Jackson Jr, a retired South Carolina state employee was revealed as the latest jackpot winner. Reportedly spending small change to play Powerball was the best decision he ever made: “For once in my life, I really experienced the old saying, pinch me to see if I’m still alive, or if this is real” Solomon Jackson Jr. said.
South Carolina Education Lottery officials announced that this particular Powerball lottery prize is the biggest ever won with a ticket bought in the state (which has the nation’s fifth-highest unemployment rate). The Powerball results for the draw held on August 19th 2009, revealed winning numbers as 14, 24, 31, 43 and 51, with a Powerball of 27.
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Mr Jackson, who is a regular lottery player, apparently arrived at a claims center in Columbia accompanied by I.S. Leevy Johnson, an attorney whose wife taught Mr Jackson in Sigh School. Mr Johnson told that he was somewhat taken aback when he received a call from the new multi-millionaire Powerball winner.
“He said to me, Mr. Johnson, I want to talk to you about something. And being a criminal defense lawyer, I thought, “Oh Lord,” Mr Johnson said. “We matched the numbers up, and we learned that truly he was a winner.”
Mr Jackson, while clearly delighted to have won, was less keen to share many details about his life or even plans for his healthy Powerball lottery prize fund. He did tell reporters that he was married and that he has 10 brothers and sisters. He declined to say how old he was though and also if he had any children, or grandchildren, of his own. The Powerball winner did confirm that he had been an assistant supervisor for the state Revenue Department until his retirement in 2000.
Since then he has used his free time to study for a degree from Midlands Technical College. There was no information on whether he would take his Powerball lottery winnings in equal annual payments over three decades or in a $129 million lump sum, which would work out to about $88 million after taxes. Most winners seem to choose the lump sum option, for example 2009 winner Doug Miron when he took home a $16 million payment for his $31 million jackpot.
Mr Jackson is a huge supporter of learning saying, “It is a beautiful day for education.” The Powerball winner continued. “I said, ‘Well, why can’t I throw $2 at the lottery, to help education?’“
Mr Jackson bought his winning ticket – the only one to match all of the winning numbers in the Powerball results for the draw – at a Columbia gas station after a shopping trip at a nearby Walmart store. He says he won’t let his winnings affect his lifestyle, only dropping some vague hints that in the future someone else will benefit from his good luck. “I’m already retired, I’ve already got a good income, and God has blessed me, so I won’t do a bunch with it,” Jackson said smiling.
“But somebody’s going to be blessed.” Lottery officials said that Mr Jackson’s chances of winning big were an incredible one in 195 million. “That’s a lot of people,” he said shaking his head. “And yet, little ole me, of all the people.”
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