Lady luck can be a bit cruel sometimes. There are many of us for whom the dream of a big lottery jackpot has yet to be realized, yet a man who has taken a vow of poverty goes on to win a huge $259.8 million Powerball jackpot! The prize just happens to be the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee.
The winner is Ray Cockrum, a brother of Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge between 2003 and 2008. It was while at the monastery that he took a vow of poverty, but had to leave in 2008 to care for his parents.
Cockrum has chosen to receive a single payment of $115,147,525.50, net of taxes. He has also announced that he will give most of his winnings to charity.