Donald Lawson is $337 million dollars richer, thanks to being the sole Powerball ticket holder with the winning numbers — 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21 — which earned him a $224.6 million lump sum payout before taxes. After paying a $65.9 million federal and state tax bill, Lawson walked away with $158.7 million in the bank, according to lottery officials. Lawson’s jackpot is the third largest in the history of the Powerball game and the seventh all-time biggest lottery payout in U.S. history! A self-described Arkansas “hillbilly,” Lawson said he “retired” from his job as a railroad engineer hours after learning he won the jackpot from an $8 ticket bought at the Sunoco station on Main Street in Lapeer, Michigan. Lawson, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, said he has lived in Lapeer for 10 years, but now plans to travel the world, pay for his daughters’ college educations and let his close relatives live comfortably in retirement.
| Sept. 2, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.