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Two brothers win money playing the same Powerball lottery

By Mason White 4:10 PM March 7, 2016
James and Bob Stocklas 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) Two brothers won money in the Powerball lottery, which they bought while on vacation.

James and Bob Stocklas held the checks of their lottery winnings as they were photographed.

However, although they were both excited to win money in the same Powerball drawing, their cash amounts were far from the same.

James, who is a judge in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was on his way home from a fishing trip in the Florida Keys, when he and his friends decided to stop at a convenience store for ice and they also bought a lucky ticket.

Once he was back home, James, 67, went to his favorite diner. He then checked his winning ticket and realized that he won $291.4 million.

He announced that breakfast for all diners were on him since he just became a millionaire. James and his friend chartered a private plane to fly to Florida, to pick up their winnings.

Opting for the lump sum payment, the three friends will each receive about $40 million after taxes.

The judge soon learned that his brother Bob, also claimed Powerball winnings that same day, and he too returned with them to Florida to pick up his winnings, but it was just a $7 check.