Man Splits $22M Lottery Winnings With Friend after a 28 Year Promise

Man Splits $22M Lottery Winnings With Friend after a 28 Year Promise

 

 

 

Thomas Cook splitted jackpot with his Wisconsin friend Joseph Feeney to honor the made promise they made with each other.

The Wisconsin friends in 1992 held each other’s hands and promised that anyone of them that ever win the Powerball jackpot shall split the lottery winnings with the other.

28 years after making the promise, Thomas Cook of Elk Mound honored the promise when he purchased the winning ticket for a $22 million jackpot at a gas station in Menomonie in June.

“It was quite an experience. When I read the first two or three numbers, I kind of froze”, said Cook in an interview Thursday with the Wisconsin Lottery. He revealed that he was eating breakfast at the time. He passed the ticket to his wife and “she froze” also. The next thing he did after realizing he won was to call his buddy.

Feeney of Menomonie revealed that he thought Cook was joking when he received the call. “that happened many years ago”, he said but Cook replied him saying “A handshake’s a handshake, man” even though “that happened many years ago”.

Feeney revealed that both of them would buy lottery tickets every week but never thought they would actually win.

Wisconsin Lottery press revealed that the friends chose the cash option of about $16.7 million and they will take home roughly $5.7 million after federal and state taxes.

Feeney had already retired from the fire department before the occurrence. Cook, who has children and grand children, retired from his job after the winning as revealed by the press release.

None of them had any profligate plan for the money but both revealed that they want to spend more time with their family and explore the world.

“We can pursue what we feel comfortable with,” Cook said in the interview. “I can’t think of a better way to retire.”

The state’s lottery director congratulated the friends on their big win. $100,000 was awarded to the Menomonie gas station for selling Cook the ticket.

“The power of friendship and a handshake has paid off. I’m thrilled for them — their lucky day has arrived!” Cindy Polzin said in a statement.

 

 

 

Man Splits $22M Lottery Winnings With Friend after a 28 Year Promise

 

 

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