Who doesn't fantasize about winning the lottery? Everyone knows the odds of winning are astronomical. But even though the chance of winning is virtually nonexistent, there is still a chance. That's what we tell ourselves every time we play. And every time we lose, we remind ourselves that winning the lottery could ruin your life.
James Stocklas is a man whose life wasn't ruined by playing the lottery. In fact, his life was drastically improved by trying his luck with the Power Ball. His story is an endearing and fascinating one, and also hilarious for one small reason.
James Stocklas and his brother Bob were on vacation in the Florida Keys. While there, they noticed the Power Ball lottery jackpot was worth an enormous $291 million. The brothers figured, "What the heck?" and each purchased a ticket.
They didn't think much of it at the time. James is a judge from Bethlehem, PA, and was actually on his way home when he bought the ticket. Soon, his life would change while eating breakfast at his favorite restaurant back in Pennsylvania.
While in a diner, James saw an article on his phone announcing the winning numbers. He compared the numbers on his ticket to those on the screen. He suddenly made a realization that he said left him trembling for an hour.
What are the odds that two brothers would play and win the lottery? This family must be set for life now, right? They are... but solely because of James' winnings. Remember earlier when I said this story was hilarious for one small reason?
That small reason is what Bob won. The lottery commission saw the humor in the situation and decided to present both brothers with over-sized checks for their winnings. The check itself likely cost more than the seven bucks Bob made, but for this visual, that's a small price to pay.
James chose to accept his winnings in the form of the lump sum. This is a way to get a percentage of the money all at once instead of having it spaced out over time. Even while losing a large portion by doing it this way, James still received $191 million. Not too shabby.
That's a heck of a lot of scratch. With that type of cash, James will never need to work again. But the Pennsylvania judge plans to, saying, "I won't work as often, but if the court is in a jam, if they need somebody, I'll fill in. It's in my blood."
As for what Bob did with his money? Well, he had enough to buy himself a nice cup of coffee or two. Not too shabby, I'd say. Winning the lotto can destroy your life, but a good cup of coffee every now and then can actually save it.