Rich man, I am: Yoda fan wins $425M Powerball prize

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  • Winner will take home $242.2 million before taxes
  • He sports a Yoda T-shirt at lottery headquarters
  • Money will fund travel, charities

You and I got pranked on April Fools' Day. B. Raymond Buxton got paid.

The California man picked up a giant check for $425 million Tuesday after turning in the winning ticket for the February 19 Powerball drawing.

After choosing the cash option, Burton will actually deposit a $242.2 million lump sum (before taxes) in whatever accounts he uses for his funds.

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The retiree (the news release didn't say whether he was already retired or retired as of April 1) said he was going to use some of the money to start a charitable foundation for "pediatric health, child hunger and education."

He will also travel, he said.

Buxton, who bought the ticket in Milpitas, north of San Jose, said he hadn't told a soul he had won during the six weeks he took to get his legal and financial team in place.

"Sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary," he said, according to lottery officials. "It's amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life."

Apparently, it didn't change him that much. He showed up at lottery headquarters wearing a Yoda T-shirt with the slogan "Luck of the Jedi I Have."

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