Two brothers who both play Powerball lottery regularly, have won. Well, the one brother won the $291 million jackpot and the other one won $7. What? He still won.
The brothers and their family and friends were driving back to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Tuesday after a month-long break to go fishing in the Florida Keys when they both bought Powerball tickets at the Tom Thumb store in Marathon for the $291 million draw while popping in to buy a bag of ice.
"I occasionally play the lottery back home and when I'm in Florida," said James Stokholm.
Immediately after the trip he once again went back to to his typical, daily routine. "I go to the same restaurant every day for breakfast and before I began drinking my coffee or reading the paper, I pulled up the news on my phone and saw a headline about a Florida Powerball winner," Socklas explained. "I got my Powerball ticket out of my wallet to check the numbers, and sure enough, I was the jackpot winner!"
He bought everyone in the restaurant breakfast and called his friends and family to say, “we are going back to Florida!"
"When I found out, I was shaking for an hour straight."
Stocklas, a retired judge for several years, who continues to fill in when necessary, was true to his word and took everyone back in a private jet to go claim the winnings.
The Florida Lottery announced that the sole winner of the $291.4 million US Powerball jackpot from the draw that took place on Wednesday, March 2, claimed the lottery prize at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
The winner, James Stocklas, 67, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $191,470,307.58.
The winning numbers were 12-13-44-52-62 and the Powerball was 06. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Tom Thumb, located at 5515 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The retailer will receive $85,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
James wasn’t the only lottery winner in that particular draw. His brother who also bought a lotto ticket, won $7.
Luckily for Bob, his brother James is the generous type, so he will definitely be getting a share of the massive Powerball jackpot win.
"We've been laughing a lot about it, he doesn't need to worry about nothing," James told the New York Daily News. "Family's family. He's not going to worry about anything."
But while James Stocklas, 67, scooped the $291 million jackpot after going in with two friends, his sibling Bob Stocklas won just $7.
The Powerball jackpot continued to roll over draw after draw ever since it was finally won on the 13th January when it literally smashed all records reaching $1.58 billion. The Powerball jackpot, generated more than $25.7 million for education in Florida.
In addition to the jackpot winner, Florida had more than one million winners, totalling more than $10.8 million in prizes, during this jackpot series.
Florida is a great place to play Powerball, as it is among the top-selling Powerball states in the country, exceeding more than $3.5 billion in sales, yielding $1.4 billion in education funding to date.
Bob hasn't released details about how he plans to spend his $7.
Which begs the question: If this happened to you, would you share your lotto win with your sibling? Let us know in the comments section below and earn valuable LottoPoints at the same time.
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