Missouri man, Chris Shaw won $258 million in a Powerball jackpot.
Chris plans to use some of the money to pay bills, take his children to Disney World and replace his two missing front teeth. He has yet to decide between quieting his job at the convenience store or not.
The 29-year-old father of three who was raised by his grandparents in the rural southern Missouri bought his Powerball lottery in the Break Time convenience store, the same store where he works. He said he just had $28.96 in his bank account and recently bought a 1998 Ford Ranger from a friend who agreed to let him pay off the $1,000 price at only $100 at a time. Now he never has to worry about that again.
“We didn’t come from money. For us it’s just going to be a huge relief to know I’m going to be able to pay my electric bill, my gas bill. It’s like a weight lifted. I had bills at home I didn’t know how they were going to be paid.”
He plans to seek advice “from people who know about money” about whether to take the jackpot in 30 payments over 29 years or the lump-sum amount of $124,875,122.
His boss, Jackie Maxwell, general manager of the Missouri-based Break Time convenience store chain, was thrilled to hear Shaw had won.
“He’s just a great guy, a good employee. When you think of a large winner like this, everyone likes to see that the person who won is somebody like Chris,” she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Shaw’s winning numbers were 11 – 34 – 41 – 49 – 55 and the Powerball 20. The Power Play number was 2. Shaw said he looks forward to spending more time with his kids.
“I can be with them as much as I want now.”
He said his children already have been asking for new skateboards, bicycles and ‘just stuff that’s really hard to do when you make $7.25 an hour.’ Break Time will receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.