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Menomonie-area friends claim $22 million Powerball ticket, thanks to handshake in 1992

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 13:09:18-04

A pair of Menominee-area friends claimed a $22 million lottery ticket in June, all thanks to a deal made in 1992.

Wisconsin Lottery said Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992, agreeing that if one ever won a Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings, regardless of who bought the ticket. Cook bought a winning ticket on June 10, winning a cool $22 million.

"He called me and I said, 'are you jerking my bobber?'" Feeney told Wisconsin Lottery.

Cook gave his two-week notice and has since retired. Feeney was already retired from an area fire department. The pair have no "extravagant plans for the winnings," Wisconsin Lottery said.

The pair chose the cash option and are each taking home $5.7 million after taxes.

Watch their interview with Wisconsin Lottery below:

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