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Fortune cookie's advice leads man to $100,000 jackpot

Feb 26, 2019, 8:40 am

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A Maryland man said a piece of advice from a fortune cookie turned out to be prescient when he won a $100,000 lottery jackpot.

Diego Caceres, 25, of Riverdale, told Maryland Lottery officials he was eating lunch at a Chinese buffet with his brother, Domingo, when a fortune cookie informed him that it was his lucky day.

The brothers went to a 7-Eleven store in Riverdale a short time later and Diego, remembering the fortune cookie's message, borrowed some money from his brother to buy a $10 Power 8s scratch-off ticket.

"I have to credit my brother. He loaned me the money," Caceres said.

The ticket turned out to be a $100,000 top prize winner.

Buying a scratch-off was unusual for Diego. He has bought only one other Maryland Lottery instant ticket and it failed to give him a win. The Prince George's County resident picked the Power 8s game partly because he considers 8 a lucky number and partly because it is the number of his favorite soccer player. Midfielder Ricardo Kaká's jersey number was 8 when he played for São Paulo, Brazil and when he played for Real Madrid, Spain, Diego said.

The 25-year-old winner works as driver for a firm that shuttles construction workers from their homes to job sites and back. On the weekends, he and his brother also work in construction. Their plans for the prize will involve family and the brothers' shared love of soccer. They may visit relatives in Argentina, Guatemala and Italy and add Spain to their journey. They also may spend some of the prize on tickets to soccer games in Milan and Madrid.

Diego anticipates no difficulties traveling because he is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He can also speak a little French. "We'll live a little. We are young!" the lucky winner proclaimed.

Also a winner is the lucky 7-Eleven. For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off in the game, the Prince George's County store located at 5415 Kenilworth Avenue earns a bonus of $1,000 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.

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CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
Central TN
United States
Member #121189
January 4, 2012
4939 Posts

Congrats Diego and enjoy !!!  Nice Hat Thumbs Up

Integrity: There is just no substitute.

    music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
    USN United States Navy
    Fresno, California
    United States
    Member #157851
    August 2, 2014
    3959 Posts

    Congratulations!  All that travel will eat into the prize.  $100,000.00 X .63 = $63,000.00 After Federal taxes.  Plus more owed to the State of Maryland. 8.75%. 

     A CPA could be the first expense. 

     Uncle Sam is our silent partner. 

     "We are all in this together!" 

      TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
      Brooklyn, NY
      United States
      Member #169719
      October 29, 2015
      1512 Posts

      Congrats on the big win!

      I have to start eating more Chinese food. Coffee

      The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

      “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

      Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

        Raven62's avatar - binary
        New Jersey
        United States
        Member #17842
        June 28, 2005
        137852 Posts

        Fortune Cookie Say:

        A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

        Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

        Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

          s5thomps's avatar - Lottery-033.jpg
          Hard Luck, Ak
          United States
          Member #23471
          October 13, 2005
          370 Posts

          Congrats! Hopefully he paid his brother back the $10 with a bonus! Wink

          "We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

                                                                         Sir Winston ChurchillSun Smiley

            MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

            Member #9517
            December 10, 2004
            1770 Posts

            Congrats! Hopefully he paid his brother back the $10 with a bonus! Wink

            Yes, he deserves a $100 bonus.

              sully16's avatar - sharan
              Dr.President Elect
              United States
              Member #81738
              October 28, 2009
              80272 Posts

              Time for some Chinese food, congrats to the lucky guy.


                Teddi's avatar - Lottery-008.jpg

                United States
                Member #142495
                May 13, 2013
                1394 Posts

                And in other news, thousands of people got the same fortune cookie advice, spent money on tickets, and won nothing