Dec 14

Illinois Man Wins Lotto Using Fortune Cookie Numbers

An Illinois man is celebrating a $200,000 Lucky Day Lotto win after playing numbers that he found printed inside a fortune cookie! Martin Fuentes, 73, has played the same line for the past three years after opening the fortune cookie during a meal with his late mother.

The numbers, 2, 9, 14, 30 and 35, eventually came up in the evening drawing on November 19 when Des Plaines resident Fuentes shared the jackpot with another ticket holder. The retired mailman now plans to treat his family this Christmas and says that he will continue to play Illinois Lottery games, but will avoid his fortune cookie numbers and move away from Lucky Day Lotto.

To see all the winning numbers from the exciting array of games available in the state of Illinois, check out the Illinois Lottery Results page of Lottery.net.

Fuentes’ story echoes an incident from 2005 concerning the multi-state game Powerball when an unusually large amount of players won in the Match 5 prize tier. Whereas officials generally expected four tickets to triumph at that level, on Wednesday March 30 there were 110 players claiming prizes of $500,000 and $100,000.

After initial suspicions of fraud were discounted, it was revealed that many of the ticket holders had taken their numbers from messages in fortune cookies produced by Wonton Food Inc of New York. Workers at the factory would not have been able to have benefitted from the prediction though, because the state was not signed up to Powerball at the time!

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 29th, 2016