"I'm a millionaire now, but I'll still go to McDonald's," Lawson told reporters Friday at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing, where he came forward to collect on the August 15 drawing. "I don't like filet mignon or lobster. I like the simple life, and that's what I want to continue to do."
Lawson, of Lapeer, was the sole winner of the August 15 prize. He chose the lump-sum cash option, which gives him $224.6 million, before tax, at once.
He said he quit his railroad engineer job after learning he won. He said he chose the winning numbers -- 6, 27, 46, 51, 56 with a powerball of 21 -- himself at a Sunoco gas station in Lapeer.
"I walked into the ... station, and usually there ain't nobody up there, but there was a long line. But something from above -- I do have to credit that -- told me to go over there and pick my own numbers. I didn't pick them -- my hand just went," Lawson said.