Man keeps childhood promise, splits lottery winnings with brother

Man Keeps Childhood Promise, Splits Lottery Winnings with Brother
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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