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28 Years Ago, He Promised His BFF He’d Split The Cash If He Won The Lottery. Now He’s Doing Exactly That.

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.

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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.

Gabi Gimson

Written by Gabi Gimson