Best tip ever?
Back in 1984, a police officer offered to split a lottery ticket with a waitress at his favourite pizza restaurant in Yonkers, NY in place of a tip. The ticket was a winner, worth $6 million, which he split with her without hesitation. “If I say I’ll do something, I do it. I hope money never changes me.”
The 1994 movie “It Could Happen To You” Starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda was actually based on a true story.
Police detective Robert Cunningham had been a regular at Sal’s Pizzeria in Yonkers for eight years. Phyllis Penzo waited on tables six nights a week at Sal’s for 24 years. When Cunningham settled the bill one night he offered Phylllis a deal – a half share on an entry in the New York State Lotto. They both picked half of the numbers each and Cunningham walked across the street and bought a ticket.
The next day he came into the diner with the winning lottery ticket in hand, worth $6 million, $3 million for each of them.
Cunninham never considered keeping all of the money for himself, nor did his wife, Gina, 50, complain about him being overly generous. “I told her I had a partner and we were splitting down the middle,” he says. “That was it. That is how our family operates.”
10 years later the story was released as a movie, which coincidentally, was released in the UK the same week that the National lottery was launched…