Monk wins largest powerball in Tennessee history

A man who won a $259 million Powerball ticket have what officials are calling the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee. He plans to use most of the money to support the performing arts.

Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim the prize on Thursday. He plans to accept the lump sum payment of $115 million.

Cockrum bought the ticket at a local Kroger store in Knoxville a few weeks ago. Before becoming a millionaire, he worked for about 20 years as an actor and stage manager for theater and TV productions.

He later became known as Brother Roy as he then followed a call to religious service with The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a Massachusetts community with connections to the Episcopal Church.

Cockrum said he plans to use most of the money to start a foundation that will support performing arts around the country.

“It’s going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches,” he said during a news interview. Cockrum had little to say after that and let lottery officials do most of the talking.