$259.8 Million Powerball Jackpot Won By Man Under Religious Vow Of Poverty


The man with the winning $259 million Powerball ticket –  the largest jackpot in Tennessee lottery history – knows exactly what he’s going to do with his winnings:  support the performing arts.

On Thursday, Knoxville-based Rock Cockrum went to the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim his prize, accepting a lump sum of $115 million.

Prior to becoming an overnight millionaire, 58-year-old Cockrum has worked as an actor and stage manager in theatre and television productions. Later in his life, he became known as Brother Roy when he was called to religious service with The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal religious community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following rules of the society, Cockrum took a “lifelong vow of poverty, celibacy and obedience in an enduring fellowship.”

Cockrum will now use the majority of his winnings to begin a foundation to support performing arts organizations throughout the Unites States. He said:

“It’s going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches.” [source]

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