FLORIDA KEYS — A Pennsylvania judge on vacation won a Powerball jackpot of $291 million while vacationing in the Florida Keys — and that’s not all. His brother also won!
But not nearly as much.
Pennsylvania judge James Stocklas was wrapping up a month-long fishing trip in the Florida Keys when he and his brother, Bob, bought lottery tickets on the way home from the beach. James, 67, won the $291 million Powerball and Bob won $7.
James had returned to work after the drawing and was sitting at a restaurant where he eats breakfast every day. He happened to check the numbers on his phone and realized he’d won. To celebrate, he bought breakfast for everyone in the restaurant, and called his family to say, “We are going back to Florida!”
Florida doesn’t typically print a full-size check for $7 winners, but in this unique case, they did and Bob looks almost as proud of his check as his brother James does.
James chose the lump sum payment of $191 million, while Bob did not have any other option — Florida does not offer monthly pay outs on $7.
No word on whether James will bring brother Bob back to Florida with him, but we’re guessing he’ll at least hang this photo on his wall.
A really big wall in a really big house.