Lottery jackpot shared after 1992 handshake

Wisconsin Lottery

When best mates Joe Feeney and Tom Cook shook hands in 1992, neither of them were to know it would be worth millions of dollars. The agreement was sealed only with a handshake.

Two friends in Menomonie were finally able to make good on a promise that if either of them ever won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings.

The winners chose to receive a one-time cash payment, which is why the final amount was significantly less than the original win.

Mr Cook has since quit his job and said he is still playing the Powerball.

In June, Mr Cook had the shock of his life when he checked his Powerball ticket and discovered that he had won the mammoth $22m (€18.8m) jackpot. He ended up hitting the jackpot, according to Wisconsin Lottery. "A handshake's a handshake, man".

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The men chose the cash option of about $16.7 million, leaving each with almost $5.7 million after taxes are paid.

'I said, '"re you jerking my bobber?"' recalled Feeney in a video interview about the call when the winnings were announced Thursday.

The odds of profitable the Powerball jackpot are estimated to be one particular in about 292 million.

"It was quite an experience when I read those first three numbers and kind of froze, and handed them to her", Cook said, gesturing toward his wife, who was on hand.

Neither have any extravagant plans for the winnings but are looking forward to enjoying more family time. "So we buy every week ... not really thinking it would happen".

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