Sometimes being nice to your siblings pays off, and other times it leaves you being the butt-end of a joke. For Bob Stocklas, it was kind of both.
Bob and his brother, James, were vacationing with their family and friends when they decided to buy some Powerball tickets. It was a shot in the dark, but who doesn't want to hit that jackpot?
The day the Powerball numbers were drawn, James was at his favorite restaurant getting breakfast. He checked the numbers on his phone and realized he had won the lottery! James bought breakfast for everyone in the restaurant and called his family.
"Then it was chaos in the restaurant," James said. "I looked at [my friend] and we were jumping up and down."
As it turns out, Bob had also won the lottery. Combined, the brothers won $291 million. But one of the brothers had it a little better than the other.
James Stocklas, a judge from Pennsylvania, knew the moment he looked at his winning ticket that his life was about to change. As for his brother? Well, that's another story.
That's right. While James won close to $300 million, his brother didn't even hit double digits. The lottery commission chose to reward Bob and James in the same fashion, with both of them getting giant checks. It's safe to assume that Bob's check probably cost more than his winnings!
James Stocklas says he has no plans to leave his job as a judge, saying "Oh, I'll be back on the bench. There's no doubt."
According to the Florida Lottery, James Stocklas chose to take the $191 million lump sum. The 67-year-old judge says he plans to set up "help his family and set up several trust funds."
As for Bob? He's probably going to buy a coffee.