North Carolina man claims that the Mega Millions prize of $4 million was won by him because of his lottery numbers. It came from an unusual source: A fortune cookie.
Gabriel Fierro (60) of Cornelius, said that he purchased his ticket for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing online and used numbers from a fortune cookie he received while eating at Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Charlotte.
I don’t normally play my fortune cookie numbers, but I tried them on an impulse.
Fierro’s ticket was the match for all five white balls, and earned a $1million prize. This was quadrupled to $4,000,000 when the 4X Megaplier ball came out.
I received an email in the morning. I stared at it dumbfounded. I took it, and showed it to my wife. She thought it was an April Fool’s joke or a scam.
Fierro stated that the shock eventually subsided and that enthusiasm set in.
We ran around the house screaming like a bunch banshees.
Fierro stated that most of the prize money would go to investments, but he had one purchase in mind:
We are going buy some champagne on our way home.