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North Carolina veteran's fortune cookie nets him $4 million Mega Millions lottery prize

Jan 21, 2022, 5:52 pm

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Common method for picking lottery numbers results in a wild celebration

By Kate Northrop

A North Carolina veteran and his wife had an incredible reaction upon realizing that his fortune cookie-inspired Mega Millions numbers netted him a $4 million prize.

Lottery players commonly look to the tiny piece of paper inside fortune cookies for inspiration in picking their next set of lottery numbers, and one cookie did not disappoint for one North Carolina resident.

Gabriel Fierro of Cornelius, a retired master sergeant who spent 32 years with the Army, had enjoyed his weekly meal from the Red Bowl restaurant in Charlotte with his wife. He pulled out the little slip hiding in his fortune cookie and decided he would put the numbers on it to good use.

"I don't usually play my fortune cookie numbers, but I tried them on a win," Fierro told the North Carolina Lottery.

The veteran jumped online to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket and added on the Megaplier option for an extra dollar.

Not only did he end up matching all five white balls in Tuesday's drawing to win a $1 million prize, but the 4X Megaplier quadrupled his prize to $4 million, the largest win in the history of Online Play in the state.

"I got an email in the morning, and I just stared at it dumbfounded," Fierro recalled. "I took it and showed it to my wife, and she thought it was an April Fool's joke or maybe a scam."

What followed after the realization that they were instantly $4 million richer was the celebration of a lifetime.

"We started running around the house, screaming like a bunch of banshees," Fierro recounted.

After visiting Lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday to collect his prize, he took home $2,840,401 after federal and state taxes. Retired as a disabled combat veteran who toured in Iraq, the 60-year-old said he planned on investing most of his winnings, but the celebration was far from over.

"We are going to buy some champagne on the way home," he quipped.

The winning numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing were 4, 19, 39, 42, and 52, with Mega Ball 9. The Megaplier number was 4.

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Simpsonville
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Congratulations and love that a fellow comrade in arms won.

 

Have a fortune cookie slip sitting right here...will enter it after Jeopardy!

 

BTW, KY lotto won't cut separate checks for virtual on-line play...we'll cross that bridge when it comes!

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    I'd like to know what he ordered at the Red Bowl. What is the lucky dinner to have before playing the lottery?

    It's a Cinderella story
    On a tumble of the dice - (Rush - The Big Money from Power Windows)

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      I'd like to know what he ordered at the Red Bowl. What is the lucky dinner to have before playing the lottery?

      Rotsa Ruck Cat Stew w/ white rice

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        Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

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          Congratulations!

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            I'd like to know what he ordered at the Red Bowl. What is the lucky dinner to have before playing the lottery?

            I don't know but stay away from the #2 Pu-Pu Platter.

            It gives me the Turkey Trots every time.

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              Simpsonville
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              I don't know but stay away from the #2 Pu-Pu Platter.

              It gives me the Turkey Trots every time.

              Awe come on rdgrnr...a little Monosodium Glutamate is good for you (not).

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                aww. congrats.

                Right at SIXTY which is technically middle -age, so  enjoy some of that new money coming in!Smiley

                 

                 

                Utilize it wisely, invest for old age (65 to 90s!) so you can sit back, Yes Nod

                while enjoying at that time your senior years, at least, without $ financial fret."

                 

                Enjoy it, splurge a little.Cheers

                Wonderful to see this tonight.

                $22,000 Won! Let's Go NC! Time 2 break the bank, baby! 0525 0599 0832 1117 0806 0848 0870 7080 1035 1038 1449 2680 2727

                1859  3647 2274 7365 5673 3766 4766  3163 6386 5127 6568 6688 8870 1117 1359  1933 1935  4213  6230 7664 8486 4886  8489  

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                  I've used fortune cookie numbers a few times and the most I got was $20.

                  Even so, I'm happy for him and hope he enjoys his winnings.

                  Prisoner Six

                  "I am not a number, I am a free man!"