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Big winner: Knoxville man claims $259.8 million Powerball jackpot

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Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville on Thursday to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million. Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville on Thursday to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.
 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man has claimed what officials call the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket.

Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville on Thursday to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.

The 58-year-old Cockrum 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 major portion 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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