Powerball buddies split $22 million jackpot 28 years after promise

Daniel Fowler
July 26, 2020

And when Cook won the lottery almost 30 years later, the first person he called was his friend Feeney to let him know that he would fulfil his promise.

Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney made a pact in 1992: buy a lottery ticket every week and split any winnings.

Cook gave his two-weeks notice to retire after winning and said now, they can "pursue what we feel comfortable with".

Tom purchased the successful $2 Powerball ticket at a store in Menomonie for the attract on 10 June.

"A handshake is a handshake, man", Cook said of the arrangement in an interview with the Wisconsin Lottery.

Cook promptly quit his job after learning he had won, and he had no doubt that he would split the money with his friend, according to a press release by PA Media.

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When Mr Cook made the call to his old pal, Mr Feeney's first reaction was to say: "Are you jerking my bobber?".

"Congratulations to Tom, Joe, and their families", Wisconsin Lottery director Cindy Polzin mentioned in a assertion.

The overall odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.

Feeney was already retired from the fire department. Two more tickets. "I won the Powerball and right away bought them".

The pair chose the cash option and are each taking home $5.7 million after taxes.

The duo doesn't have big plans with their new fortune, but they are looking forward to retiring and spending time with their family. "I can't think of a better way to retire", Mr Cook said.

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