A Wisconsin man who won the $22 million lottery in June 2020 decided to split his winnings with his best friend after making a promise to him 30 years ago.
In 1992, two best friends, Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney, promised each other that if someone won the lottery, they would split the winnings equally, 50-50. They did not write a formal contract, but simply shook hands after reaching an agreement.
In June 2020, decades after the promise was made, Elk Mound’s Thomas Cook won the Powerball jackpot after buying a lottery ticket at a gas station in Menomonie.
After winning, Cook contacted his friend Joseph Feeney. At first Feeney thought Cook was joking that the couple would buy lottery tickets every week with no luck. Both men agreed to take home $ 16.7 million and will receive $ 5.7 million each after federal and state taxes. Both men are retired and say they plan to go on vacation.
“We can go on with what we feel comfortable with, I can’t think of a better way to retire.” Cook said
The gas station where Cook bought the ticket also received $100,000 for selling the lottery ticket.