Man shares $22 million jackpot with friend, fulfilling 30-year promise

22M winning Powerball ticket claimed by friends who made a pact in 1992

22M winning Powerball ticket claimed by friends who made a pact in 1992

Two long-time friends in the United States, who made a handshake pact almost 30 years ago that if either of them won the lottery they would share it with the other, have collected their winnings.

When best mates Joe Feeney and Tom Cook shook hands in 1992, neither of them were to know it would be worth millions of dollars.

Cook retired from his job when he won to spend more time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

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While Cook is a gambler by disposition, Feeney is an avid fisherman.

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

When Feeney asked Cook "Are you jerkin' my bobber?", he laughed and said "A handshake's a handshake".

"Congratulations to Tom, Joe, and their families", said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin in a release.

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'I kind of froze and handed them to her and she froze, ' he said, pointing to his wife who was off camera.

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

Feeney, who is from Menomonie, was already was retired from working at an area fire department when he and Cook came into their good fortunes. They say they are looking forward to spending more time with family.

"We can pursue what we feel comfortable with", Cook said in the interview.

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The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are estimated to be one in about 292 million.

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