Years ago, Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney made a pact: if either of them ever won the lottery, they’d split the winnings. Then they shook on it.
Twenty-eight years later, Cook kept his word.
The Elk Mound, Wisconsin, the man won a whopping $22 million playing the Powerball.
And true to his word, he reached out to his old fishing buddy Feeney.
Are you jerking my bobber?” an incredulous Feeney asked, according to a Wisconsin Lottery office release Thursday.
The two friends had been buying tickets every week and were stunned their luck finally came around.
After reality set in, Cook did what any hard-working American would do: he quit his job!
He’s now enjoying the retired life alongside Feeney, a retired firefighter.
The pair chose the cash option of $16.7 million, which means they each took home about $5.7 million after taxes.