Wisconsin man shares Powerball winnings with best friend

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  • A man from Wisconsin kept his part of a pact he made 28 years ago and shared his $ 22 million Powerball jackpot winnings with his friend.
  • Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 promising to share the winnings regardless of the winner.
  • The two men brought home about $ 5.7 million each after state and federal taxes.
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A man from Wisconsin kept his promise 28 years later by sharing the $ 22 million jackpot with his friend.

NBC reported that Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands and made a pact in 1992 that they would share the Powerball lottery winnings, regardless of the winner.

Cook bought the winning $ 22 million ticket from a Menomonie, Wis., Gas station in June, according to the report.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Lottery on Thursday, Cook explained how he and his wife froze when they realized he had the winning ticket.

Cook said he then called Feeney who was impressed by the news and thought he was joking.

In the interview, Feeney explained the couple’s deal.

“We said every time the big winner came along, we were going to split it,” Feeney said. “So we buy every week… without really thinking that would happen. ”

“It happened many years ago,” Cook replied. “A handshake is a handshake, man. ”

The duo don’t have big plans with their new fortunes, but they can’t wait to retire and spend time with their family.

“I can’t think of a better way to retire,” Cook said.

According to the NBC report, in a press release from the Wisconsin Lottery, Cook and Feeney chose the $ 16.7 million cash option, which is roughly $ 5.7 million each after state taxes and federal.

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