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110 players shared a $19.400.000 Powerball pay-out thanks to fortune cookie numbers

Fortune cookies are widely known for delivering messages of good fortune that aim to have positive impact on people’s lives, and that’s exactly what they accomplished on March 30th 2005. This was the night when 110 Powerball players ended up scooping an impressive fortune thanks to the numbers they found inside fortune cookies, which were produced by the same company.

Multistate lotto games usually expect around four winners of a Match 5 prize in every draw, but their expectations were largely exceeded when Powerball produced 110 winners in a single night. The winning numbers back on March 30th 2005 were 22, 28, 32, 33 and 39, with the Power Ball 42, and even though they managed to produce a jackpot winner everyone was focused on the gigantic number of ticket holders who scooped a second-tier prize.
Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, described this strange occurrence as something that’s “well beyond the realm of normal possibilities”. At the very start, they thought this incredible victory for 110 players was caused by a computer glitch or was a scam, but as winners started coming forward to collect their prizes it turned out most of them got the numbers from fortune cookies. 89 of them claimed $100.000, but 21 ticket holders were fortunate enough to net $500.000 thanks to spending an extra buck on the Power Play option.

After extensive search for the company that sold the fortune cookies, it was revealed they were produced by Wonton Food Inc. from New York City. They started printing lottery numbers on fortune cookies a decade before the incredible Powerball victory took place, and shared their hope that even more people will be interested in their products after it.

“I think that more people are asking for fortune cookies now. Now more people will want to get a piece of the pie. It’s not magic. It’s a pretty traditional way. Those people are very, very lucky,” said Derrick Wong, a sales executive at Wonton Food Inc. after discovering they changed lives of 110 people.

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