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Man Wins Lottery with Numbers he Found in a Fortune Cookie


So this is why they're called "fortune" cookies!

A Florida man won $500,000 from a $3 Power Play lottery ticket he bought in North Carolina— by playing numbers he found in a fortune cookie he received with a Chinese take-out order.

"This was a good investment," Ernesto Sorzano says of the rice and shrimp dinner he purchased. "Unbelievable. I’m just super happy that my dreams came true."

Sorzano, whose prize came out to $353,751 after taxes, beat astronomical odds to win the money. Lottery officials say a purchaser of a Power Play ticket has a one-in-292 chance of winning.


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