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Promised 30 years ago: American shared a multi-million dollar jackpot with a friend

The man kept the promise he made to his friend almost 30 years ago and shared with him a $ 22 million lottery win. CBS News.

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In 1992, two friends swore: if one of them wins the Powerball jackpot, he will split it by two.

Almost 30 years later, one of them fulfilled a promise, sealed with a handshake.

It all happened in early July when Thomas Cook bought a Powerball ticket in Menomonee, Wisconsin. The jackpot awaited him.

Upon learning that he had won a whopping $ 22 million, Cook called his friend Joe Feeney and told him the news.

“When he called me, I asked:“ Why are you fooling me? ” - recalls Feeney.

Cook, however, was not joking, although the odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot, according to lottery statistics, are 1 in 292 201 338.

Cook and Feeney chose a cash option that allowed them to collect about $ 16,7 million - each receiving $ 5,7 million after taxes. None of the friends have any extravagant plans for winning them other than enjoying their retirement vacation.

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Fini is on a well-deserved retirement. And Cook, after winning, filed an application to quit his job and said that now friends can "live as they please."

“I can't think of a better way to retire,” Cook said.

In the near future, the friends are planning to travel with their families.

“The power of friendship and handshake has paid off,” Wisconsin State Lottery Director Cindy Polzin commented in a press release. - I am excited with them - their happy day has come!

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