When Ernesto Sorzano, a Florida resident, picked up fried rice and shrimp from a Chinese takeaway, he got a fortune cookie, which would change his life.
In the process of moving to Huntersville, North Carolina, Solzano used the set of lucky numbers in the fortune cookie to buy the North Carolina Powerball lottery.
According to North Carolina lottery officials, Solzano’s numbers matched the four white balls and won him $50,000, but they said that because he bought a $3 powerful lottery ticket, the prize has soared to 500,000 US dollars.
According to lottery officials, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292 million.
Solzano said: “This is a good investment.”
Sorzano, from Estero, Florida, had an after-tax income of $353,751 on Monday. The future resident of North Carolina said that he still couldn’t believe that he would use the money to buy a house in Huntersville.
“Unbelievable,” Solzano said. “I am very happy that my dream has come true.”