Army Vets Fortune Cookie Leads To $4 Million Lottery Win

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A North Carolina veteran turned a restaurant meal into a Mega Millions jackpot after he used the numbers from his fortune cookie to win a $4 million prize.

Gabriel Fierro and his wife eat at the Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Charlotte, N.C., about once a week, according to the NC Education Lottery. Last week, however, their cookies were extra fortunate.

Fierro said he decided “on a whim” to play his fortune cookie numbers in last Tuesday’s drawing — and ended up with the largest win in the history of Online Play in the state.

As the lottery explained in a blog post, Fierro bought his ticket using Online Play and added $1 to make it a Megaplier ticket (which would multiply any win). He matched all five white balls to win $1 million, which quadrupled to $4 million when the “4X Megaplier” hit.


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