In 1992, friends Thomas Cook (left) and Joseph Feeney (right) promised each other that they will split their future lottery winnings if any of them get lucky. Cook followed through on that promise when he won a $22 million prize in June 10 Powerball lottery.
Thomas Cook is from Wisconsin, USA and he keeps his 30 years old promise. Cook said he made a call to his lifelong friend Joseph Feeney last month to let him know that he had won the June 10 Powerball, and that he was going to give him half as they had agreed to in 1992 when the game started. In an interview with Wisconsin Lottery, Cook said,
A handshake is a handshake, man. We can pursue what we feel comfortable with. I can't think of a better way to retire.
These two best buddies traveled together to Niagra Falls, Yellowstone and the Football Hall of Fame. They grab a meal together almost every week.
Cook was a maintenance worker and Feeney was firefighter and EMT. Now they are both retired. After splitting the cash prize each received nearly $5.7 million after taxes. They had plan to travel with the winning. But due to recent pandemic situation they change their mind. Feeney said,
We both grew up with not a lot of money, so this is really something special. Everybody's been so friendly and said it couldn't happen to two better couples that they know of. And we're so thankful.