He gives half of it to his brother to make good on their childhood promise to split any lottery winnings 50/50. Brother of the year? Or sucker of the year? You decide.
“I usually play Powerball, sometimes Oregon’s Game Megabucks, because I like to dream big,” Hale said. “When I was a kid, I promised my brother that if I ever won the lottery, I would split it with him. He was my first call when I realized I won.”
Hale’s brother, Quinn Hale of Yakima, Wash., said he couldn’t believe it when he got the call from his brother, letting him know he was going to keep his childhood promise.
“I didn’t believe him — I still am in shock, even though we have the checks,” Quinn Hale said. “This is beyond cool. I never believed he would actually do it.”
Eric added, “Sure, I could have headed for Costa Rica, but I kept my promise.” .