Knoxville neighbors learn Tennessee Lottery winner lives by them

Knoxville neighbors learn Tennessee Lottery winner lives by them

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Roy Cockrum came forward and clamined the Tennessee Lottery's largest prize ever worth $115,147,525.50 after taxes. Roy Cockrum came forward and clamined the Tennessee Lottery's largest prize ever worth $115,147,525.50 after taxes.
"It was just out of curiosity of why they were here. We live in a pretty safe neighborhood. Usually don't have police officers," said Jillian Sutton, a neighbor. "It was just out of curiosity of why they were here. We live in a pretty safe neighborhood. Usually don't have police officers," said Jillian Sutton, a neighbor.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After more than three weeks, a Knoxville man claims the Tennessee Lottery's largest prize ever. The winning Powerball ticket was worth nearly $260 million. 

58 year old Roy Cockrum came forward after 22 days. He chose to take the lump sum cash prize home that's worth $115,147,525.50 after taxes.

Cockrum waited to claim the prize so that he could consult a financial advisor on the historical amount.  6 News spoke with neighbors who are hoping all this good luck will rub off on them.


Knoxville Police Department patrol cars were stationed in front of Cockrum's Knoxville condo Thursday evening. It's an unfamiliar scene to people in the neighborhood. 

"It was just a curiosity of why they were here. We live in a pretty safe neighborhood. Usually don't have police officers," said Jillian Sutton, a neighbor.

 Neighbors like Sutton and her mother, Catherine, who's visiting from Murfreesboro are just learning that 58 year old Roy Cockrum across the street had the winning Powerball ticket. 

"Oh my gosh! I cannot imagine. I drive by those little signs that say 200 or whatever and it's like what would I do with that money?" said Catherine Sutton of Murfreesboro.

Cockrum presented his ticket to lottery officials Thursday afternoon in Nashville and opted for the cash prize worth more than $115 million after taxes. He's donating a good portion of the money to several charities. 

"It's going to be my job to work very hard and make sure every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches," said Cockrum. 

The Cockrum name is known throughout the Knoxville community. The family has ties to Carson-Newman College and Cumberland Baptist Church. Neighbors can't believe the winner of the Tennessee Lottery's largest prize lives only a few doors down from them. 

"It was exciting. I mean how often do you hear of somebody winning the lottery and a neighbor beside you," said Jillian Sutton. 

Some have never been this close to a lottery winner. 

"Absolutely not and I'm feeling lucky," said Catherine Sutton. 

Cockrum has set aside some of the money for a pension fund, but he plans to put a majority of his winnings into a foundation that supports performing arts organizations around the country.
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