In 1987, two friends started buying lottery tickets together every week. They've been doing it weekly for the past 25 years, and never won.
--Last month, one of the men, 74-year-old Willie McPherson of Manhattan, New York was buying their $40 worth of tickets at a coffee shop. The coffee shop was running a promotion, and Willie ended up getting two free tickets with his purchase.
--As it's gone for the past 25 years, the tickets they bought didn't win. But . . . one of the free tickets DID.
--Willie and his friend, 44-year-old Christopher Manzi of Morganville, New Jersey, won a $14 MILLION jackpot. They're taking the lump sum.
--Christopher will get $3.5 MILLION after taxes. Willie will get $3.3 MILLION because he lives in New York, not New Jersey, and they take more in taxes.
(--Here are photos of Christopher and Willie. Christopher is the younger white guy.)