Claim: A husband and wife each won a lottery by playing numbers recommended by a fortune cookie.
Yet there was still more to the story than its mere cookieness. Those two biscuit-blessed winners were married to one another.
Turnbull purchased his ticket for the
Both elected to take a lump-sum settlement of $814,473 (as apparently did the third winner) rather than wait for the full $1,330,000 that would have been paid to each of them over time, which meant the Turnbulls snapped up a fast $1,628,946 for heeding the same cookie.
The double purchase worked one further bit of magic. Given that the retail outlet vending a winning ticket gets
Barbara "well named shop, that" Mikkelson
Originally published: 30 September 2006
Last updated: 12 January 2015
Austin American-Statesman. "Husband, Wife Holding 2 of 3 Winning Tickets." 27 March 1995 (p. B3). The Houston Chronicle. "What a Fortune Cookie." 31 March 1995 (p. A26).