“A man is only as good as his word,” this is undoubtedly true in Cook’s case. Thomas Cook is a man who lived up to his promise he made years ago to his good friend, Joe Feeney.
A Wisconsin man delivered on a handshake deal made with his buddy.
In 1992 the two friends promised each other that if one of them won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings.
Thomas Cook of Elk Mound bought a winning Powerball ticket at the Synergy Coop Exit 45 gas station and convenience store in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in a June draw and won the jackpot according to Wisconsin Lottery.
Cook said he realized that he had the winning ticket while having breakfast with his wife.
Cook called Feeney nearly 30 years later after learning he won a whopping $22 million. When he called Feeney, an avid fisherman, Feeney said, “are you jerking my bobber?” according to the lottery’s press release.
The two friends went with their wives to the Wisconsin Lottery in Madison to collect their winnings. They chose the cash option of approximately $16.7 Million. They each took home about $5.7 Million after federal and state taxes.
Cook gave two weeks’ notice after winning and retired. Feeney already retired from the fire department.
The friends and their wives used to take road trips together in a small convertible. They plan to upgrade and are going to do some traveling together again. It is something they haven’t done together for a while, according to a press release.
True friendship goes beyond just sharing quality time and life stories. It is long-lasting with a combination of loyalty, love, respect, and trust.
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