Source - A Wisconsin man graciously shared his lottery millions with a friend, fulfilling a promise made nearly 30 years ago.
Tom Cook called his friend Joe Feeney, a man he had made a promise with in 1992: if either one of them won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the cash between them.
That promise was fulfilled after Cook recently won $22 million.
Incredible. I have like max four friends and three of them wouldn't give me a dime even if we shook on it yesterday. That said, judging from the picture these guys look like they're in their late sixties early seventies, which is the worst time to win the lottery. You wanna hit it young that way you have time to blow through it.
My favorite part of the story was Joe Feeney's reaction...
“He called me and I said: ‘Are you jerking my bobber?” Feeney said, recalling the moment he found out that his friend had won.
It doesn't get much more 'midwest' than 'Are you jerking my bobber, Joe?!'
He opted for a one time cash payout that works out to $16.7 million, meaning each guy will walk away with about $5.7 million after taxes.
Here's what he had to say about why he made the phone call...
“That happened many years ago, and it kind of continued,” Cook said. “A handshake’s a handshake, man.”
“I’ve got grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and now I can spend time with them without worrying about if I’ve got time to go and where we can go and afford it and whatever. I can’t think of a better way to retire.”
Talk about a good friend. Enjoy retirement, guys.