When Florida resident Ernesto Sorzano took his fried rice and shrimp from Chinese food, he received a fortune cookie that would change his life.
Sorzano, who is moving to Huntersville, North Carolina, used the lucky number cookie set to buy a Powerball ticket to the North Carolina lottery.
According to a North Carolina lottery staff, Sorzano’s numbers match four of the white balls, earning him $ 50,000, but they say the prize has reached $ 500,000 because he bought a game ticket for $ 3.
According to lottery officials, the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
“It was a good investment,”
Sorzano, who is from Estero, Florida, took home $ 353,751 after taxes on Monday. The future North Carolina resident said he still did not believe and would use the money to buy a home in Huntersville.
“Unbelievable,” Sorzano said. “I’m just super happy that my dreams have come true.”