This story has signs of hokiness all over it. Of course, it could be true. Zach should enjoy the numerology. While this story doesn’t confirm my theory that the big lottery winners are manufactured, it sure doesn’t hurt it either.
Roy Cockrum had once vowed to lead a life of poverty – but a winning $259million Powerball ticket has changed everything for the former Tennessee monk.
Cockrum, 58, of Knoxville, appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville Thursday to claim Tennessee’s largest ever jackpot. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115million.
The 58-year-old former member of an Episcopal monastic order bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville June 11.
Lucky strike: Roy Cockrum, 58, a former monk and actor, appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville Thursday to claim Tennessee’s largest ever jackpot
The winning numbers in the June 11 drawing were 14-18-25-33-49 plus a Powerball of 23.
Lottery officials say it’s the largest prize ever won in Tennessee Lottery history
Apparently Roy has won before. This confirms that they re-use actors if they do make up winners.
And it was not the first time that Lady Luck has smiled upon Roy Cockrum.
He revealed that years earlier, Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol came knocking on his door with balloons and an oversize check.
‘I have no doubt that I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I am so grateful. I am so blessed,’ he said.
He even has his own (freshly steaming) imdb page! Nice birthday, Roy, numerologically speaking of course.
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June 29, 1956 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA