A Florida man, who’s in the process of becoming a North Carolina man, used the numbers that came with his Chinese takeout fortune cookie to win a nice chunk of money from the Powerball. Ernesto Sorzano says he wrote down the fortune cookie numbers from a shrimp and fried rice meal run and it landed him $500,000.
“Unbelievable,” Sorzano told reporters of his big win. “I’m just super happy that my dreams came true.” After taxes, Ernesto will pocket $353,751.
Ernesto Sorzano picked up Chinese take-out and got a fortune cookie with a set of numbers that won him a $500,000 #Powerball prize. The ticket was from @7eleven on Sam Furr Rd. in #Huntersville. Ernesto plans to use the prize to buy a new home. #NCLottery https://t.co/sDxlAchUOl pic.twitter.com/LXOYHCFDsT
— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) February 23, 2021
Now, if you think Ernesto was a fluke winner using fortune cookie numbers, let’s go back to 2019 when a guy in…North Carolina…used fortune cookie numbers to win a $344.6 million Powerball prize. The fortune cookie responsible for that huge win came from a Vietnamese restaurant.
Also in 2019, a Michigan man hit the lottery for $300,000 playing fortune cookie numbers he’d been playing for “a long time.”
And in 2005, 110 players got five out of six numbers right in a Powerball drawing. How? Those people had used fortune cookie numbers that came from the same Long Island cookie factory. The 110 winners were spread out over 29 states. Lottery officials thought there were being cheated only to figure out that fortune cookies had turned the 110 people into winners.
The lesson here: order Chinese tonight.