LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Donald Lawson says the first thing he bought after winning the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever was a pack of bubble gum.
The 44-year-old Lapeer resident claimed the $337 million prize Friday during a news conference in Lansing. Lawson elected to take prize in a lump-sum payment of $224.6 million.
Lawson says he confirmed the winning numbers by reading backwards and says he lost his breath. He says he quit his railroad job a short time later.
Lawson says he plans to "escape for now" and that he doesn't know yet what he'll do with the money.
The winning ticket for the Aug. 15 drawing was sold at a Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, about 45 miles north of Detroit.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.