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US Railroad Engineer Wins $337 Million Lottery

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Donald Lawson holds his ceremonial check with Michigan Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen at a news conference at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, August 31, 2012.
A 44-year-old man from the northern U.S. state of Michigan came forward Friday as the winner of the third largest Powerball lottery ever.

Donald Lawson, the father of two, said he retired from his railroad engineer job when he realized he had won the $337 million multi-state jackpot. At his urging, several relatives also retired because he said he would share his winnings with them.

Lawson, who opted to take his money in one lump sum, will take home $158.7 million after taxes.

The new multi-millionaire says his living situation will be "improved" but he plans to live a simple life - which he says will include trips to McDonald's, the fast food restaurant.

Lawson bought his winning ticket at a gasoline station, where he picked his own six numbers instead of letting a machine pick the numbers for him.

The winning numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 and Powerball 21.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.