Man wins $500,000 NC Powerball prize thanks to fortune cookie

Man wins $500,000 NC Powerball prize thanks to fortune cookie

A man from Florida bagged a $500,000 Powerball prize lottery result in North Carolina where his lucky lotto numbers came from a fortune cookie with his fried rice and shrimp meal.

Ernesto Sorzano of Estero told North Carolina Education Lottery officials that his Powerball ticket bought from the 7-Eleven store in Huntersville, N.C., bore a set of numbers that he copied from a fortune cookie that came with his recent Chinese take-out.

“That was a good investment,” Sorzano said of his shrimp and fried rice meal.

The investment he says ended up earned him a $500,000 prize in Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

Sorzano said he is preparing to relocate to Huntersville permanently and the winnings will allow him to buy a house.

“Unbelievable,” Sorzano said of his win. “I’m just super happy that my dreams came true.”

Sorzano’s was among three winning tickets bought in North Carolina that matched four white balls and the Powerball in the drawing, officials aid.

Someone bought a $3 Power Play ticket worth $500,000 through Online Play on the lottery website., according to the lottery.

And a $2 ticket worth $50,000 was purchased at the QuikTrip on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard in Kannapolis.

No one won Saturday’s Powerball jackpot, which climbed to $90 million as an annuity or $64.2 million cash for Wednesday’s drawing.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

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