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Methuen man to split $1 million lottery prize with friend who did good deed for his son

Eric Cochrane of Methuen (right) recently won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s "$10,000,000 Winter Riches" instant ticket game. He plans to split the winnings with his friend, John Galvin (left).Massachusetts State Lottery

A Methuen man is holding true to his word and plans to split a lottery prize with a friend who did a good deed for his son.

Eric Cochrane had brought his son’s guitar to John Galvin’s guitar store for repairs, according Massachusetts State Lottery officials. Galvin knew that Cochrane’s son had suffered a health issue earlier in the week, and he didn’t charge Cochrane for the work, lottery officials said in a statement.

When Cochrane insisted Galvin take at least $40 for fixing the guitar, Galvin refused, and Cochrane decided to buy two $20 scratch tickets instead, officials said.

“If I win $1 million, we are splitting it,” he told Galvin.

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Cochrane then ended up winning a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$10,000,000 Winter Riches” instant ticket game.

“An hour later, they were on their way to Lottery headquarters,” officials said in the statement.

Cochrane claimed the prize Friday and chose the cash option of receiving a one-time payment of $650,000, before taxes, officials said.

Cochrane bought the winning ticket at Howe Street Superette in Methuen, and the store will receive a $10,000 bonus for the sale, officials said.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.