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Tennessee best friends split lottery ticket and win $3 million

Oct 7, 2021, 4:32 pm

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One of them almost backed out — thankfully he didn't

By Kate Northrop

LEBANON, Tenn. — Two buddies are splitting $3 million after agreeing to split a ticket, but one of them had almost backed out of the agreement.

Brandon Thompson is sure glad he went in on those lottery tickets with his best friend Wyatt Close since they're now splitting a huge $3 million prize.

The two Carthage residents were riding to work together on Friday when they decided to make a stop at the QuikTrip on Sparta Pike in Lebanon.

That morning, Close offered to split the cost of a couple scratch-off tickets with his buddy, but Thompson nearly passed on the suggestion.

Thankfully, he didn't, and although the retailer did not have the specific instant game that Close was looking to buy, he picked out two "Jumbo Bucks Titanium" tickets to split with his friend.

He took the two lottery tickets, which cost $30 each, and went back to the van.

The first ticket he scratched — nothing. The second ticket, however, started to reveal just the opposite.

"I saw those black numbers and just started jumping," Close said in a press release.

Sure enough, the second ticket was a $3 million top prize winner.

The pair went to collect their winnings and said that they have similar plans for their portion of the winnings. The prize money will allow them both to invest, build a home, and add to their savings.

Of course, the friends were excited to win over a million dollars each, but Thompson recalled quite the reaction from Close.

"I thought he was going to jump through the roof of the van," Thompson told the Tennessee Lottery.

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Simpsonville
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Does Tennessee Lottery cut separate checks for each individual?   Certainly hope so.

 

In any case, congratulations on this huge lottery win!

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    Gallatin Tennesee
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    Does Tennessee Lottery cut separate checks for each individual?   Certainly hope so.

     

    In any case, congratulations on this huge lottery win!

    That's a very good question. I will check with the lottery office tomorrow to be sure. My guess would be if 2 people showed up, they would write out just 1 check and that would be to the person who has signed the back of the ticket. Which means they would probably leave it to the 2 friends to divide the money on their own. Friendship is one of the few things in life that we can have with us everyday, but we don't know we have it until we need it.Congrats to the 2 lucky gentlemen.

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      Congrats to Brandon and Wyatt...... Enjoy your newly acquired fortune  Thumbs Up

      Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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        Friends...oh yeah!

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          Yes it can be split to however many people who bought into it!

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            I'm glad he didn't back out.  Can you imagine the regret?  His buddy would have given him some cash, but it wouldn't be any where near half.  Remember back in the days when none of the lottery operations wanted to do splitting?  It has been all the office pools, the sheer popularity of it that made them cave and allow it.  Of course, I bet there is still a lot of lawsuits where people say they were promised a split and plaintiff alleges the ticket holder reneged.  If it's not a scratcher, the best way to avoid this is to get separate matching numbers, or in the office pool situation, print out photocopies of all the tickets and give to all in the group BEFORE the drawing.

            Seems so simple: three digits, 168 to one odds when boxed... all you have to do is pick the right ones!

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              Several years ago, I used to go 50-50 on scratch off tickets with a co-worker but we never won anything over $100.  I offered to go 50-50 on a $30 ticket and he declined because of our lack of luck.  I bought the ticket anyways and it was a $1000 winner.  We never split tickets after I hit that win.  I don't think my co-worker got over it even though it wasn't life changing.