Donald Lawson named as $337M Powerball winner - KMSP-TV

Donald Lawson named as $337M Powerball winner

Posted: Updated:
Powerball winner Donald Larson of Lapeer with his mother  (Credit: MyFox Detroit) Powerball winner Donald Larson of Lapeer with his mother (Credit: MyFox Detroit)

LANSING, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -- 44-year-old Donald Larson of Lapeer spent his first few dollars on a pack of bubble gum, but he has a lot more money to chew on.  The rest of his life's paychecks will be coming from a whopping $337 million check.  That's before taxes.

"I wanted to travel a lot.  Now I can.  I can go anywhere in the world I want, so that's what I'm going to do."

The lifelong lottery player landed the third largest jackpot in Powerball history.  The father of two is now a retired railroad worker.

Lawson isn't originally from Lapeer.  He's a native of Arkansas.  He said he will not stay in Lapeer, but he didn't specify where he plans to go.

In the meantime, his mother said she doesn't think this money will change him at all.

"He's always been like you see him today.  He's a jokester.  It's not going to change," she said.

"I'm a millionaire now, but... I don't like fillet mignon or lobster.  You know, a simple life, that's what I want to continue to do," Larson said.

6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21 are the numbers that led Lawson to $337 million.  He said thanks to the divine digits that someone helped him pick.

"Something from above, I do have to credit that, told me to go over there and pick my own numbers, which I didn't really pick them, my hand just went."

Even though Lawson isn't staying in Lapeer, the people there are pretty excited about their hometown hero, of sorts, winning, especially the Sunoco station where he bought the ticket.  They're now getting a check for $50,000.

Click on the second video in the player above to watch the press conference.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:45 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices