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Friends keep promise from nearly 30 years ago, split $22 million jackpot

[July 23, 2020: Today]



The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in about 292 million.


A western Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago.


Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either one of them ever won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the money.


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That promise came to fruition last month when Cook bought the winning ticket for a $22 million jackpot at Synergy Coop in Menomonie.


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, an avid fisherman.... MORE