Nearly three decades ago in 1992, Wisconsin friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands and promised that if either one of them ever won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the money. That promise finally came to fruition last month when Cook bought the winning ticket for a $22 million jackpot.
When Cook called to give his friend the good news, Feeney couldn't quite believe it. "He called me, and I said, 'Are you jerking my bobber?'" said Feeney, who's a big fisherman. Cook retired after hitting the jackpot, while Feeney was already retired.
Neither has any extravagant plans for the winnings but both are looking forward to enjoying more family time. The men chose the cash option of about $16.7 million, leaving each with nearly $5.7 million after taxes are paid. Now that's friendship.
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