Lapeer man winner of $337M Powerball jackpot

Published On: Aug 30 2012 08:31:03 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 31 2012 05:28:35 PM EDT

Donald Lawson named as winning Powerball jackpot ticket holder.

DETROIT -

A 44-year-old former railroad engineer from Lapeer has been revealed as the winner of a $337 million Powerball jackpot.

Donald Lawson introduced himself Friday during a press conference, saying he wasn’t sure what he was going to do with the money yet.

“I’m going to escape for now, go somewhere safe and think about it,” he said.

Lawson said he played the lottery often and had help from “above” when he bought the winning ticket on Aug. 15.

“I didn’t really pick them, my hand just went,” he said.

Lawson said as soon as he found out he had won, he put the ticket in his bible - and then quit his job.

He’s opted to take the cash option, which gives him $224.6 million.

Donald Lawson with check

He said he’ll probably travel and make sure the rest of his family is taken care. 

Lawson is the father of two daughters and was born in Arkansas. He moved to Lapeer 10 years ago.

Lawson's win is the largest single jackpot win in the history of the Michigan Lottery and the third largest in the history of the Powerball.

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