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‘A handshake is a handshake’: Friends split $22M Powerball jackpot, honoring years-old agreement

When Tom Cook and Joe Feeney agreed to split their future lottery winnings years ago, the friends didn’t think their handshake would mark a multimillion-dollar agreement.

But last month, Cook checked the numbers for his June 10 Powerball ticket and discovered he had won $22 million. He didn’t hesitate.

“A handshake is a handshake, man,” Cook said of the arrangement in an interview with the Wisconsin Lottery. The Lottery confirmed Thursday that Cook and Feeney are splitting the prize.

Their pact is so old that Feeney couldn’t remember exactly when it started. He guessed it dated back about 20 years. In a release, the Lottery traced the deal to 1992, when the lottery game was first offered in Wisconsin.

Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney agreed years ago to split future lottery winnings. Cook followed through on that promise when he won a $22 million prize in June. (Photo: Photo courtesy Wisconsin Lottery)

“We said whenever the big winner comes, we’re going to split it, so we buy every week . not really thinking it would happen,” Feeney said.

The win came against steep odds: Currently, the chance of hitting the Powerball’s grand prize is 1 in 292,201,338.

The pair laughed when Feeney recalled learning the news: “Are you jerking my bobber?” the avid fisherman said to Cook.

Cook and Feeney are taking a cash payout of $16.7 million, and each will get about $5.7 million after taxes, the Wisconsin Lottery says.

The two didn’t report any particularly extravagant plans for spending the money to the Wisconsin Lottery. Cook quit his job and is planning to spend more time with family and travel stress-free. He’s still playing the Powerball, he said.

Tom Cook and Joe Feeney are splitting a $22 million jackpot after Cook bought the winning ticket in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin (WI) Powerball Numbers & Results

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Latest Wisconsin Powerball Results

Wisconsin Powerball Prize Amounts

Numbers Correct Prize Power Play 2X Power Play 3X Power Play 4X Power Play 5X Power Play 10X
5 of 5 w/ Powerball Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize Grand Prize
5 of 5 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
4 of 5 w/ Powerball $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
4 of 5 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 w/ Powerball $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
2 of 5 w/ Powerball $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
1 of 5 w/ Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
0 of 5 w/ Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40

Wisconsin Powerball FAQs

Can I buy a WI Powerball ticket online?

If you’re outside the U.S. or in Texas, California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington or Pennsylvania you can purchase Powerball tickets through Lottery.com at play.lottery.com!

When is the Wisconsin Powerball?

Wisconsin Powerball drawings take place twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

What time is the Wisconsin Powerball drawing?

How much is the WI Powerball jackpot?

Powerball jackpots roll over until there is a winner or multiple winners. Once one or multiple winners have hit the grand prize, the Powerball resets to the minimum jackpot. You can find the latest Wisconsin Powerball jackpot amounts here on the Lottery.com Wisconsin Powerball Jackpots page.

Did anyone win the WI Powerball?

When Powerball resets to the minimum jackpot, it’s an indication that one or more players won in the most recent drawing.

What are the WI Powerball winning numbers?

View the latest Powerball winning numbers in the Lottery.com app or on the Lottery.com website following each drawing here on the Wisconsin Powerball Results page.

What are the odds of winning?

Higher than you think! The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9.

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