Talker: Man honors childhood pact to split lottery win with friends
Credit: Georgia Lottery
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
The phrase "best friends for life" was recently put to the test in Georgia.
Kenneth Wilson, 59, is from Macon, Georgia. He recently won a million dollars in the lottery and remembered that 50 or so years ago, he made a childhood pact with two friends: if any of them were to win a fortune in the lottery, they would split it three ways.
Wilson bought a winning lottery ticket on his own but he's only taking one-third of the jackpot. He says he and his friends had a verbal agreement and he felt it had to be honored. So, he's splitting it evenly among his two buddies—his cousin, Sanford Watson, who lives nearby, and friend, James Scoles, who now lives in Alaska.
Scoles reported that in a strange coincidence, just the day before, he opened a fortune cookie that read: "You're going to win the lottery."
This story is exactly the opposite of so many other lottery winnings that make the news. Winning the lottery is more known for making people selfish--or at least litigious.
In Maryland last year, Mirlande Wilson had a $200 million megamillions ticket. She was sued by her co-workers at McDonald's who say they chipped in as part of a pool.
There's another case of a California man who won a $51 million jackpot. The man's own parents--who sat next to him at the big news conference--ended up suing him, claiming fraud and elder abuse. The lawsuit was settled last week with undisclosed terms.