Lottery Winner By Fortune Cookie
Bet you thought fortune cookies were fake…but this story may change your mind. This lottery winner won $1m using 5 numbers that were displayed on his fortune cookies from a take out.
A US man has won $1m (£767,500) in a lottery using numbers from a fortune cookie he opened years ago.
Five numbers were in the cookie that Ronnie Martin opened a few years ago – and now, they have earned him a seven-figure payday.
Ronnie Martin, from Long Pond in Pennsylvania, is a regular lottery player but bought the lucky ticket for the New Jersey Lottery’s draw on 24 July.
Instead of choosing birthdays or other important dates, as many players do, he placed his trust in the numbers from the fortune cookie: 1, 2, 4, 19 and 29.
Even though he had opened the cookie years ago, he had liked the numbers and stuck with them, hoping they would indeed bring him a fortune.
The day after the draw, Mr. Martin stopped at the gas station where he had bought the ticket on his way to work in New Jersey.
When he placed the ticket under the scanner, it instructed him to go to the counter. He was then told that he had the million dollar ticket.
The store worker had to scan the ticket again to prove to a disbelieving Mr. Martin that he had won the million dollars (£767,500).
Mr. Martin and his wife plan to use the money to pay off their house and bills before saving the remainder.