Man wins $200,000 playing fortune cookie numbers in the lottery

By Ben Hooper  |  March 1, 2018 at 12:44 PM
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March 1 (UPI) -- A man said he won a $200,000 South Carolina Education Lottery jackpot by playing numbers from an unusual source -- a fortune cookie.

The North Carolina man, who said he crosses the border into South Carolina to buy lottery tickets each week, said the Palmetto Cash 5 ticket that won him a $200,000 jackpot on Valentine's Day was purchased using the numbers from the back of a fortune cookie.

"My wife eats the fortune cookies," the winner said. "And I save our fortunes."

He said the numbers from this particular cookie were 6, 8, 20, 26, and 31.

The man said he often uses fortune cookie numbers to play. He said he sometimes finds himself digging through the trash to find slips his wife threw out.

The winner said his wife will be rewarded for eating so many fortune cookies.

"She's going to retire sooner than she thought," he said.

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