Man keeps childhood promise, splits lottery winnings with brother

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Man Keeps Childhood Promise, Splits Lottery Winnings with Brother

After 20 years of playing the same lottery numbers, an Oregon man's ticket came up and he won a million dollars. He also kept a decades-old promise to split it with his brother.

Eric Hale from Bend, Oregon, played the lottery pretty regularly for two decades. He told KTVZ that when he was a kid, he promised his brother Quinn that if he ever won the lottery, he'd split it with him 50/50.



Hale played the Powerball with his usual numbers and matched them all except the Powerball itself. The lucky numbers were: 7, 14, 21, 24, 41.

Once Eric realized that he was holding a million-dollar ticket, he immediately called his brother -- who presumably realized he has the greatest brother in the world.

According to the Oregon Lottery, Eric and Quinn took home about $355,000 each after tax. Eric says he's going to use his winnings to pursue a master's degree in clinical counseling, take a 20-day trip to China and invest the rest.

Quinn, who is working on a doctorate degree, will use his half to pay off student loans.

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