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Postby Mercer Boy » Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:29 am

I've tried this before, and it has never worked. But, I guess it does work sometimes! ;-D

I bet the Iowa Lottery Commission wasn't very happy having to hand out that many prizes though. }:-)

AP via Yahoo! News wrote:Fortune Cookie Fulfills Lottery Destiny

DES MOINES, Iowa - Dozens of people recently got an extra-special dessert with their Chinese food: a winning lottery number.

A record 110 players won $500,000 and $100,000 prizes in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, most of whom apparently used the numbers included in a fortune-cookie message. Ordinarily the multistate lottery expects only four tickets to win at the Match 5 prize level.

Several winners in a half-dozen states revealed that they got the winning number from a fortune cookie, said Doug Orr, marketing director with the West Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball.

"With the systems reporting so many plays of 22-28-32-33-39 and Powerball 40, it is likely that most drew their luck from that very fortunate cookie," Orr said.

The cookie was one number away from winning the $25.5 million jackpot: The winning numbers were: 22, 28, 32, 33 and 39, with 42 being the Powerball.

Tickets that match the first five numbers but miss the Powerball win $100,000 each. There were 89 of those.

There were 21 Power Play Match 5 winners. Those players matched the first five numbers and missed the Powerball, but placed an extra dollar on the Power Play number, a multiplier number from two to five. Last night's multiplier was five, meaning that the $100,000 prize for matching all five numbers increased to $500,000.

According to the Powerball Web site, odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 120,526,770, and odds of winning the $100,000 prize are about 1 in 2,939,677. Before Wednesday, the most tickets to win second-tier Powerball prizes in one drawing was 91, on Aug. 25, 2001.

One ticket, bought by a South Pittsburg, Tenn., family, had all six winning numbers to win the jackpot.
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Postby Superman in Training » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:20 pm

that's funny.. I always thought about using those numbers sometime..

Maybe I will try sometime.. just as good as a quickpick i would think
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Postby IRON CHEF » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:53 pm

Thats pretty funny, I've always wondered what was the point of putting a bunch of random numbers inside a cookie was. :-b
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Postby deluxe_247 » Fri Apr 01, 2005 7:29 pm

ahha i always wonders what those numbers were for. i wonder how many winning numbers ive had over the years that i never played :-o :-)
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