$258M Powerball Winner May Keep Job

Missouri store clerk making minimum wage will pay bills, fix teeth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2010 4:00 PM CDT
Mo. clerk says he'll use $258M jackpot on bills
Lottery winner Christopher Shaw, 29, smiles while talking with reporters following a ceremony at the Missouri Lottery offices Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Jefferson City, Mo.    (Orlin Wagner)

A Missouri man who won a $258 million Powerball jackpot said he hasn't decided yet if he'll quit his job at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket. Chris Shaw, a 29-year-old tattooed father of three, came forward yesterday as the winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever, but his goals for the money are modest. He wants to pay some bills, replace his missing front teeth, take his kids to Disney World, and pay back a friend for the 1998 Ford Ranger he bought last week.

"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," he said. Shaw said he had just $28.96 in his bank account and needed a few days to decide whether to leave the convenience store, a minimum-wage job he's had for 3 weeks. He also 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. (More convenience stores stories.)

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