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$337 million Powerball winner, Fort Smith native claims prize in Michigan

By David Harten

This article was published August 31, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.

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Donald Lawson, 44, recently just won the $337 million Powerball jackpot in Michigan. Lawson grew up in Fort Smith.

Ex-Mich. Rail Worker Claims $337M Lotto Prize

Donald Lawson says the first thing he bought after winning the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever was a pack of bubble gum. (By The Associated Press)
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— The Michigan man who recently won the $337 million Powerball jackpot has come forward and has a connection to Arkansas.

Donald Lawson, 44, purchased the winning ticket at a Lapeer, Mich., Sunoco gas station. He's originally from Fort Smith but has lived in Michigan for the past 10 years.

According to a release from the Arkansas State Lottery, Lawson said his entire immediate family has retired due to his winnings.

A railroad worker, Lawson now lives near the southern shore of Lake Huron.

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AtomicFart says... August 31, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.

I love it!
Nothing goes on in the boring state except meth production and Piggy Footbal (laughable) so the news is always struggling to make an "Arkansas Connection" with other news in other states.

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emax says... January 6, 2016 at 4 p.m.

No more working on the railroad all the live long day!! A gastric bypass might be a good investment.

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JakeTidmore says... January 14, 2016 at 1:26 p.m.

Want some answers about taxes on these winnings? Go to:
ht tp://w ww.cnbc.co m/2016/01/11/tallying-the-big-tax-bite-of-a-14b-powerball-win.html
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For the above winner, figure he owes fed & state taxes (only a handful of states don't apply state taxes to such winnings & Michigan aint one of 'em). Bottom line: I think Mr Lucky will probably get to keep $85-$100 million.
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You ought to read how the inheritance laws affect all this moolah. Mr Lucky better be very careful and invest in a reliable CPA.
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And as one person said in an interview a couple days ago when asked about sharing the winnings: Relatives and charities need not apply. He already knows who deserves a gift from him or not. Asking will only waste his and their time and possibly make him change his mind about who is worth a favor or two.

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