When Eric Hale was young, he liked to think about winning the lottery. “And when I win,” he would tell his younger brother Quinn, ”I’ll give half of the money to you!” Many years have passed since then, but Eric, now 45, never forgot his promise.
Earlier this year, Eric, who lives in Bend, Oregon, decided to buy a ticket to the Oregon Lottery. He had often played the lottery before, but he had never won anything. So Eric was very surprised when he heard that he had won something this time - $1 million! Immediately he called his brother Quinn, who lived nearby, and told him, “We’ve won the lottery!”
Eric knew just what he wanted to do with half of the money - give it to his brother, of course. But Quinn was shocked when he heard that Eric was giving him half the money. He thought that Eric had forgotten about his promise made so long ago. “This is beyond cool,” he said. “I never believed he would actually do it.”
Both brothers have about $335,000 after taxes. Quinn wants to use his money to buy a new motor home and pay his bills. Eric wants to finish graduate school and go on a trip to China. Eric is glad that he shared his money with Quinn. “Sure, I could have gone to Costa Rica,” he said. ”But I kept my promise.”