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Michigan railroad engineer claims $337M Powerball lottery jackpot

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: September 1, 2012, 5:25 am - IP Logged

he picked the same power ball twice randomly. when I was trying my luck that way, I think I actually paid attention that numbers are not the same. Does it mean I wasn't  doing it randomly, since I was paying attention?

Hmmm, I gotta try it again being drunk, so I can be sure I'm not in control of my hands while they are busy picking the numbers.

My research on doing things drunk hasn't shown a lot of promise.

So far.

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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    Posted: September 1, 2012, 5:39 am - IP Logged

    Congrats.  Hope he's married or at least taken.  Or else he will be getting marriage proposals left and right from women (breaking tradition).

    I hope you're not suggesting that a woman's love, affection or marital preferences could be conditional, based solely on a man's personal wealth.

    Because I would be shocked and appalled.

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      Posted: September 1, 2012, 5:48 am - IP Logged

      Todd, you beat me to it!  Good acquisition rdgrnr. Patriot

      Thanks HaveABall, we're slowly catchin' up with the rest of the world though. We got it a lot better than the old timers around here used to.

      Hell, Mamaw and Papaw didn't even have electricity, they had to watch tv by candlelight.

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        Posted: September 1, 2012, 5:56 am - IP Logged

        I'm glad he didn't use any quick picks, otherwise the win won't be legit.


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          I'm glad he didn't use any quick picks, otherwise the win won't be legit.

          Exactly! For as we all know, QP's that win are a big scam by the lottery exeuctives.  Bat

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            Every time I see a lottery winner smiling at a press conference I can't help but think that's probably going to be the last time they'll ever be happy. It's the last moment before that sweet innocence is lost forever. Little do they know that putting themselves out there like that will be the single worst decision of their life.

            More often than not, going public means chaos, misery, and even death.

            "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 


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              Every time I see a lottery winner smiling at a press conference I can't help but think that's probably going to be the last time they'll ever be happy. It's the last moment before that sweet innocence is lost forever. Little do they know that putting themselves out there like that will be the single worst decision of their life.

              More often than not, going public means chaos, misery, and even death.

              Your right. He should just end his life now before it's too late.

              In fact, it should be mandatory that all lottery winners who go public, be immediately executed after receiving their checks.  Dead

              Isn't playing the lottery fun?   Banana

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                Includes video report

                A 44-year-old Michigan railroad engineer said he quit his job and told familly members to do the same when he learned he had won the third-largest winner's share ever for a U.S. lottery drawing.

                Donald Lawson was accompanied by his two daughters and his mother, whom he jokingly called "Mama Warbucks," when he was introduced as the winner of the multi-state Powerball lottery on Friday.

                "I'm a millionaire now, but I'll still eat at McDonald's," Lawson told a news conference in the Michigan capital of Lansing. "I don't like filet mignon or lobster."

                Lawson, who said he had played the lottery "too much" in the past, quit his job the day he learned that he was the winner. And he told all of his close family members to retire, "and they had no problem with that."

                He chose to take his money all at once rather than to take annual payments that would have added up to $337 million. Instead he will get a payout of $224.6 million, which will be $158.7 million after federal and Michigan taxes.

                Lawson lives in Lapeer, Michigan, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) north of Detroit, where he bought his winning lottery ticket for $2 at a Sunoco gas station and convenience store.

                He said he filled out his own lottery entry rather than let a machine make his picks, and used no system to select his winning numbers — 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56, with a Powerball of 21.

                "I didn't really pick 'em," he said. "My hand just went."

                He said he checked his numbers by looking online once someone told him that the winning ticket had been purchased at the local Sunoco station.

                Lawson said he read the numbers backward and once he realized he was holding the single winning ticket, "I kind of lost my breath."

                Lawson grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and moved to Lapeer 10 years ago. He is going to move away from Lapeer, but he did not say where, although he did say he has always wanted to travel.

                "Now I can go anywhere in the world I want, so that's what I'm going to do," he said.

                His mother, whose name was not given, was asked whether she thought her son would handle his new fortune well.

                "We come from poor people," she said. "He knows the value of a dollar."

                VIDEO: Watch the press conference

                http://media.lpimg.com/2012083104.mp4

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                Living the dream instead of chasing the dream....congratulations.


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                  Living the dream instead of chasing the dream....congratulations.

                  It was a nightmare for "jack" and all his people that had the luxury of quitting their jobs.

                  I hope it works out better for Donald.

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                    Posted: September 1, 2012, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                    LOL, that reminded me of somebody here who said his luck was so bad that the lottery clerk hands him his tickets already torn up.

                    Lmao,I would love to get behind the counter and do that to someone with a straight face. That would be so funny on camera.


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                      Lmao,I would love to get behind the counter and do that to someone with a straight face. That would be so funny on camera.

                      Don't be surprised if it becomes a show on tv.


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                        yup, exactly my point. Which means you weren't doing randomly, but rather picking them with some kind of thought. Unlike this guy, or so he says.

                        I have filled in 5 boxes at a time without looking or thinking about the numbers.

                        It never worked for me. But I only did it a few times.

                        Donald may have been doing it daily.


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                          I keep all of my tickets for this very reason, even if I know they aren't a winner. I have OCD like that, where if I read the winning numbers and they don't match, I still get paranoid that mine may be a winner. You can't be too safe, ha!

                          I'm saving mine to claim the losses on the tax return.


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                            Posted: September 1, 2012, 10:23 am - IP Logged

                            he picked the same power ball twice randomly. when I was trying my luck that way, I think I actually paid attention that numbers are not the same. Does it mean I wasn't  doing it randomly, since I was paying attention?

                            Hmmm, I gotta try it again being drunk, so I can be sure I'm not in control of my hands while they are busy picking the numbers.

                            Lets us know how drinking and picking works out.

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                              Includes video report

                              A 44-year-old Michigan railroad engineer said he quit his job and told familly members to do the same when he learned he had won the third-largest winner's share ever for a U.S. lottery drawing.

                              Donald Lawson was accompanied by his two daughters and his mother, whom he jokingly called "Mama Warbucks," when he was introduced as the winner of the multi-state Powerball lottery on Friday.

                              "I'm a millionaire now, but I'll still eat at McDonald's," Lawson told a news conference in the Michigan capital of Lansing. "I don't like filet mignon or lobster."

                              Lawson, who said he had played the lottery "too much" in the past, quit his job the day he learned that he was the winner. And he told all of his close family members to retire, "and they had no problem with that."

                              He chose to take his money all at once rather than to take annual payments that would have added up to $337 million. Instead he will get a payout of $224.6 million, which will be $158.7 million after federal and Michigan taxes.

                              Lawson lives in Lapeer, Michigan, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) north of Detroit, where he bought his winning lottery ticket for $2 at a Sunoco gas station and convenience store.

                              He said he filled out his own lottery entry rather than let a machine make his picks, and used no system to select his winning numbers — 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56, with a Powerball of 21.

                              "I didn't really pick 'em," he said. "My hand just went."

                              He said he checked his numbers by looking online once someone told him that the winning ticket had been purchased at the local Sunoco station.

                              Lawson said he read the numbers backward and once he realized he was holding the single winning ticket, "I kind of lost my breath."

                              Lawson grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and moved to Lapeer 10 years ago. He is going to move away from Lapeer, but he did not say where, although he did say he has always wanted to travel.

                              "Now I can go anywhere in the world I want, so that's what I'm going to do," he said.

                              His mother, whose name was not given, was asked whether she thought her son would handle his new fortune well.

                              "We come from poor people," she said. "He knows the value of a dollar."

                              VIDEO: Watch the press conference

                              http://media.lpimg.com/2012083104.mp4

                              News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                              News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                              News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                              Congratulation to Donald Lawson on his Powerball Jackpot win. Since his mother believes he knows the value of a dollar. Donald Lawson, sound very down to earth. Best wishes to him & his family.Party

                                 
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