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Three friends honor long-time pact to split lottery winnings

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All for one, and $1 million for all.

Three long-time chums who made a pact to split the pot if one of them ever won the lottery got their payday last week, Georgia Lottery officials announced on Thursday.

And to top it all, the threesome's windfall was foretold by an after-dinner treat.

James Scoles, 56, was cracking a fortune cookie in his town of North Pole, Alaska, on March 15, the same day his buddy Kenneth Wilson bought a lottery ticket at a grocery in Twiggs County, Ga.

His fortune? "It said, 'You're going to win the lottery,'" Scoles told lottery officials, according to a press release put out Thursday.

Whether that prophecy influenced what happened the next day in the Peach State could not be independently confirmed by NBC News.

But on March 16, Wilson could barely believe his eyes when his numbers came up: 3-7-21-44-53. He didn't hit the Powerball number, but still managed to lock down a cool million.

Wilson will be splitting it three ways with Scoles and his cousin, Sanford Watson, who also lives in Macon.

"I was just as tickled for them as I was for myself," Wilson said. "We just had a verbal agreement and I felt like that had to be honored."

Wilson had to wait about a week before collecting his loot, however, as he waited for Scoles to fly in from Alaska.

"It was a lot of sleepless nights," said his wife Dorothy Wilson. "I never would have thought winning money would have been that stressful."

Scoles said at a press conference on Thursday that he plans to spend some of his share on a "Georgia honey baked ham, and a smoked turkey, and some good barbecue sauce." Wilson, who is retired, says his only plans right now are to pay off some bills.

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: March 23, 2013, 10:31 am - IP Logged

Cool story, that is a true friendship, congrats to the lucky winners, may they enjoy!

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    Posted: March 23, 2013, 10:35 am - IP Logged

    A man of honor who keeps his word.

    They're not making too many of those anymore.

    God Bless him.


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      Posted: March 23, 2013, 10:38 am - IP Logged

      A deals, a deal. Right?

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        Posted: March 23, 2013, 10:46 am - IP Logged

        A deals, a deal. Right?

        It is with me.

        But increasingly nowadays it's like they say about life in Washington DC: If you want a loyal friend, get a dog.

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          Posted: March 23, 2013, 10:49 am - IP Logged

          A man of honor who keeps his word.

          They're not making too many of those anymore.

          God Bless him.

          You are right!

          And I will add, that Wilson is also a man of conscience too.

           

            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            It is with me.

            But increasingly nowadays it's like they say about life in Washington DC: If you want a loyal friend, get a dog.

            Yep,

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              Posted: March 23, 2013, 11:24 am - IP Logged

              got to respect a man who keeps hes word/helps hes friends Cheers

              lucky with max tax rate not kicking in to atfer 400k mark 

              they can just pay a much lower rate  on majority of it.  thx to the split 3way

              sup

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                Posted: March 23, 2013, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                Awesome story here's to true friendship Cheers

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                  Posted: March 23, 2013, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                  A man of honor who keeps his word.

                  They're not making too many of those anymore.

                  God Bless him.

                  Amen Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: March 23, 2013, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                    i have pals who want to have a similar deal, the only prob is they NEVER buy lottto tickets. and i mean  NEVER. I finally broke down opnce and swore , stating if i win they'lll get a post card.  even when the jackpot is all time highs here, like $85 mill  cash. they  cant be bothered buying 1 tickets.

                    2014 winnings S= spent W= won

                    JAN S 119/ W71 ; FEB S90 /W 13 ; MAR S93/ W75 ; APR S146/ W50 ; MAY S94/ W32 : JUN S98 /W 13 JUL S110 /W21 ; AUG S185 / W56 ; SEP S 140/W 13 ; OCT S 130 / W 66 ; NOV S104 / W47

                    S $1313W $461Tot -$851

                     

                     

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                      Posted: March 23, 2013, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

                      "We just had a verbal agreement and I felt like that had to be honored."

                       

                      I wish our politicians in Washington had this much integrity and honor, lol!

                      Congrats to the three friends.

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                        Posted: March 23, 2013, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

                        "We just had a verbal agreement and I felt like that had to be honored."

                         

                        I wish our politicians in Washington had this much integrity and honor, lol!

                        Congrats to the three friends.

                        I Agree!

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                                   Win the Powerball jackpot THIS big night!!!


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                          Posted: March 23, 2013, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                          i have pals who want to have a similar deal, the only prob is they NEVER buy lottto tickets. and i mean  NEVER. I finally broke down opnce and swore , stating if i win they'lll get a post card.  even when the jackpot is all time highs here, like $85 mill  cash. they  cant be bothered buying 1 tickets.

                          Funny, it was my first thought that the agreement is only good if everyone keeps buying tickets each draw. Otherwise its just a con game on the part of those who don't buy any tickets.


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                            Posted: March 23, 2013, 3:42 pm - IP Logged

                            I like my "LP pool" idea where everyone buys the same numbers. You buy a ticket, your IN the pool. lol.