Retiree claims $260 million Powerball jackpot

Retiree claims $260 million Powerball jackpot
# 26 August 2009 07:39 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on the lottery was all smiles Tuesday as he claimed a $260 million Powerball jackpot.
"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 say the Powerball jackpot is the largest ever won with a ticket bought in the state, which has the nation’s fifth-highest unemployment rate. Powerball is played in 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jackson, a lifelong Columbia resident, shared few details about himself or his plans for the money. He did say he is married and has 10 siblings, though he would not say how many children he has or give his age.
Jackson retired in 2000 as an assistant administrator for the Department of Revenue. He also has several children and grandchildren, but he won’t say how many. He also won’t reveal his age. However, Jackson can’t keep his happiness a secret.
He also did not say whether he will take his winnings in yearly payments over three decades or in a $129 million lump sum, which would work out to about $88 million after taxes.
He hasn’t said which option he’ll choose, but he did say he’ll continue to support South Carolina education.
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