Powerball Jackpot Changing More Lives Than One

Aug 13, 14 Powerball Jackpot Changing More Lives Than One

Aug. 13, 2014 – When Roy Cockrum collected his $259 million Powerball jackpot in the beginning of July, he shocked would-be winners by promising to give most of the money away.

The 58-year-old jackpot winner is a member of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a Cambridge, Mass. based religious community.

When he joined, “Brother Roy” – as he’s known to fellow members – took a vow of poverty, a vow he said was the best preparation for the recent “tsunami of cash,” because it “gives great perspective.”

Now, after only a month living with his newfound wealth, Brother Roy is keeping his promise.  The big winner on Monday donated $50,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.

“I have long been inspired by Second Harvest’s help for people who need it most,” Cockrum said.  Second Harvest said the money would allow them to provide 150,000 meals for people in the 18 counties they serve.

The surprise donation was not his first gift to charity, however.  Shortly after collecting his jackpot, Cockrum also donated $15,000 to the Knox County Teacher Supply Depot – the largest donation the organization had ever received.

In a statement from Knox County schools, Cockrum shared that his sister was a retired teacher and school administrator.  “I am very aware of the personal sacrifices teachers make to run their classrooms,” he said.

The Teacher Supply Depot provides no-cost classroom supplies for teachers in the county.

Whose life will Brother Roy touch next?

Second Harvest Executive Director Elaine Streno told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Cockrum wasn’t looking for any publicity when he made his $50,000 donation this week, so more big checks could be making their way to any number of charities right this minute.


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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013



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