That $260 million Powerball winner is a retired tax collector

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A retired former state worker, Solomon Jackson Jr. claimed South Carolina's largest Powerball jackpot ever today.

Jackson, who retired nearly 10 years ago from the state Department of Revenue, said in claiming his prize that nothing would change him, not even $259.9 million.

"First of all I want to say to God be the glory," Jackson said. "God has us blessed beyond all our thoughts."

Jackson said he is one of 12 siblings, though only 11 are living.

Jackson said he spent two dollars on the lottery to get his win.

He appeared at a 3 p.m. news conference with his Columbia attorney, I.S. Leevy Johnson. Solomon, who said he cut the grass of a neighbor this morning who had lost her spouse, seemed very comfortable today with his good fortune, though he seemed to search for reasons.

"If I can justify this, only God knows what lies ahead," he said.

Jackson said he already drives a Cadillac, though Johnson said it is 10 years old, and he said he had no urge to indulge his new found riches tonight in a steak dinner

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