Tennessee Teens Win $3 Million After Splitting $30 Lottery Ticket

The 19-year-old best friends have modest plans for their winnings.

Best friends Wyatt Close, 19, and Brandon Thompson, 19, were carpooling to work on October 1 when they stopped for gas at a QuikTrip in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The teens, from nearby Carthage, decided to split a $30 lottery ticket.

The store didn't have the game Close had his eye on, so he settled on two Jumbo Bucks Titanium instant tickets and took them back to the van.

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The first was a non-winner, but the second. "I saw those black bold numbers and just started jumping," Close told the Tennessee Education Lottery.

That $30 scratch-off turned into a $3 million win.

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

Close and Thompson have similar plans for their winnings: save, invest, and build a home.

This isn't the first time two friends have split sizable lottery winnings in Tennessee. Two lifelong friends from central Tennessee—Janis Goodwin and Frances Davenport—split a $1 million Powerball prize that they won while vacationing together in Gatlinburg in 2005.

"It's always exciting to see our players win such life-changing prizes," Rebecca Paul Hargrove, Tennessee Lottery President and CEO, said in a statement. "But the biggest winners are the Tennessee students who have received more than 1.6 million scholarships and grants funded by the Tennessee Lottery."

Congrats, y'all!

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