A Wisconsin man Thomas Cook of Elk Mound who won the $22 million lottery in June 2020 has decided to split his winnings with his best friend Joseph Feeney after they made a promise to each other that if anyone wins the lottery, they will split the winnings equally, 50-50.
Though they were no formal contract but simply shook hands after making the deal 30 years ago.
Thomas Cook won the Powerball jackpot after purchasing a lottery ticket from a gas station in Menomonie.
After winning, Cook contacted his friend Joseph Feeney. At first, Feeney thought Cook was joking because the pair would buy lottery tickets every week with no luck.
Both men have 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.
The gas station where Cook bought the ticket has also received $100,000 for selling the lottery ticket.
Bother men said they have many other plans to spend the money but want to have more quality time with their children and grandchildren