Claim: Numbers recommended by a fortune cookie resulted in a lottery win.
Origins: When the results began coming in from the
The roughly one-in-three-million combination of 22, 28, 32, 33, and 39 had been selected by so many hopeful lotto players because it had been the “lucky numbers” given to them in their fortune cookies. (The cookies missed on having all six winning numbers by a mere matter of recommending 40 rather than 42 as the red Powerball number.)
The sagacious confections had been manufacturered at Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City in Queens,
Stunned lottery officials heard time and again from the second-place winners that they’d gotten their numbers from cookies. Additional confirmation of the claim came from the lottery tickets themselves: nearly all of them listed “40” as the Powerball number, and 40 had been the final of the six numbers given on the fortune cookie slips.
While not everyone plays the numbers that are suggested to them, a great many do. A March 2005 episode of television’s Lost included a sequence of lottery numbers, and hundreds of viewers subsequently played that combination. It didn’t win.
While fortune hunting via fortune cookie might now seem a prime idea, it needs be kept in mind that the lone winning combination that grabbed the
Barbara “then again, many computers contain cookies, don’t they?” Mikkelson
Originally published: 25 September 2006
Last updated: 12 January 2016