Years ago, best friends Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney agreed that if either of them ever won the lottery, they’d split the winnings.
And twenty-eight years later, Cook made good on that promise.
The Wisconsin man lucked out, winning a whopping $22 million playing Powerball, and his old fishing buddy, Feeney lucked out when Cook, true to his word, reached out.
“Are you jerking my bobber?” asked the incredulous Feeney, according to a Wisconsin Lottery office release Thursday.
The pair has been buying lotto tickets every week and were shocked when they finally got winning numbers.
They opted for the cash payout of $16.7 million outright, which means they each took home about $5.7 million after taxes. That amount was enough for Cook to quit his job and enjoy retired life alongside Feeney, a former firefighter.
And what’s next for the rich retirees? The answer’s easy: Spend more time with each other. The longtime friends and their wives once took a road-trip together and are planning another. This time, though, instead of taking a Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, they’ll be traveling in style.
It seems like for these fishing buddies, good things come to those who wade.