Tulsa company to donate any Powerball winnings

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 20:03:59-05

If you jump in Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dane Brockman's patrol SUV and then mention the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot, he'll tell it like it is.

"That is a lot of money," Brockman said. "It is a very large sum of money."

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Now, he could win part of it Wednesday night without buying a single ticket.

"I think it would be great for first responders and their families," he said.

Inside Israel Diamond Supply on Wednesday, CEO Rana Jaafar opened the company's safe.

"So we have had the tickets in the safe [since] yesterday and today just to make sure they're protected. Just in case," she said.

The company purchased 1,000 Powerball tickets for Wednesday night's drawing and pledge to donate any winnings to active duty members of the Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Fire Department and Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

"You have a fire at your house, you have an emergency you need to call, these are the people our lives depend on," Jaafar said. "So we thought as a tribute, hopefully we can help."


Edward Newman retired from the Tulsa Police Department after 25 years of service. He now works security at Israel. Newman plays the Powerball from time to time.

"I think the most I won was seven dollars," Newman said while looking over the 1,000 tickets.

He hopes in the $1.5 billion dollar drawing, his Tulsa first responder family is luckier than he usually is. 

"It is a real nice thing, a nice gesture," he said of the tickets Israel Diamond purchased. "It would be supporting the officers, I think that is a wonderful thing."

Deputy Brockman agrees as he thanked Israel for possibly making a huge donations to Tulsa's police officers, firefighters and deputies.

"We try to do everything we can to try to help out the community," Brockman said. "That would be very generous of them."

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