A Wisconsin man, Thomas Cook has decided to fulfil the promise he made to his best friend 30 years ago.
In 1990, Cook and his best friend, Joseph Feeney, promised each other that if anyone wins the lottery, they will split the winnings equally, 50-50.
There was no officially written agreement, the two men just shook hands after striking the deal.
Cook last month won the $22 million dollar Powerball jackpot after purchasing a lottery ticket from a gas station in Menomonie, and decided to split his lottery winnings with his best friend to honour a promise he made nearly 30 years ago.
After winning, Cook contacted his friend Joseph Feeney. At first, Feeney thought Cook was joking because the pair would buy lottery tickets every week with no luck.
Both men have agreed to take home $16.7 million and will receive $5.7 million each after federal and state taxes. Both men are retired and say they plan to go on vacation.
They also said they have many other plans to spend the money but want to have more quality time with their children and grandchildren.
“We can pursue what we feel comfortable with, I can’t think of a better way to retire.”