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Michigan man wins the lottery using fortune cookie numbers

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In cracking a fortune cookie, you’re typically met by two things, at least aside from the starchy, sugary confection itself. There’s the fortune, obviously, which is sometimes an actual fortune and other times a weird bon mot in the vein of “All things come to those with patience,” which is really just a piece of vague life advice. Then there are the “lucky numbers,” lottery numbers by a more polite name, which most people tend to ignore. (At no point in this process should you be met with surprise advertising, hopefully.)

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You ignore them at your own peril, however, because sometimes the lucky numbers pay off. And if you, like us, considered this impossible, behold: Newsweek tells of a Michigan man who won $351,180 from the state lottery by playing his fortune cookie numbers. The 61-year-old man, who elected to remain anonymous, has been playing the same set of numbers for years now, citing that “I don’t remember when I got that fortune cookie, but I do remember thinking the numbers looked lucky, so I went with it.” He plans to spend the winnings on bills, travel, and family.

Strangely, his case isn’t even the only one of the month; Newsweek also points out that several weeks ago, “a retired North Carolina man won a $344.6 million Powerball using numbers from his fortune.” While the odds of this happening are likely astronomical at best, these twin incidents offer a valuable reminder that the lottery is pure chaos, and also that this writer will continue to play the numbers from Lost several times a week until they maybe pay out.

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Meanwhile, The Takeout will continue to make prank fortune cookies, which is super simple, now that the market’s good and ready for a renewed wave of snack-based gambling.

 

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