A man from western Wisconsin will share his millions of lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to themselves nearly three decades ago.
Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either of them won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the money.
That promise came true last month when Cook bought the winning ticket for a $ 22 million jackpot at Synergy Coop in Menomonie.
When Cook called to share the good news with his friend, Feeney couldn’t believe it.
“He called me, and I said, ‘Are you shaking my bobber? Said Feeney, an avid fisherman.
Cook retired after hitting the jackpot when Feeney was already retired. Neither has extravagant earning plans, but each is eager to enjoy more family time.
“We can pursue whatever we feel comfortable with. I can’t think of a better way to retire, ”Cook said. The couple said they were eager to travel.
The men chose the cash option of about $ 16.7 million, each leaving nearly $ 5.7 million after taxes were paid.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in approximately 292m.