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Judge Wins $291M Powerball Jackpot While Vacationing in Florida

Bethlehem Judge Hits Powerball Jackpot

Judge James Stocklas hit it big while on vacation in Florida. He hit the Powerball jackpot winning part of a $291 million prize. (Published Friday, March 4, 2016)

A state magistrate from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is among three winners of a $291 million Powerball jackpot in Florida.

Senior District Judge James Stocklas was at the end of his annual monthlong vacation when he bought the winning ticket on Tuesday. Stocklas returned to Pennsylvania and didn't check the ticket until Friday morning, while eating at a diner.

Stocklas, 67, said he began shaking when he realized he'd won, and bought everyone breakfast.

The judge purchased the lottery ticket with two other people. They immediately flew to Florida in a private jet to claim their winnings. They'll each get about $40 million after taxes.

Stocklas retired as a judge several years ago, but he continues filling in. He says he'll return to the bench next month. And it's no joke that he'll be back to work on April 1.  

He wasn't the only winner, according to NBC News. Stocklas' brother Bob won a whopping $7, for which the Florida Lottery printed an oversized check, just like they did for James.