A Florida man won a big North Carolina Powerball prize with numbers he used from a fortune cookie that came with his fried rice and shrimp, Carolina Lottery officials said Tuesday North.
Ernesto Sorzano bought the winning $ 500,000 ticket at a 7-Eleven on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville, according to a lottery press release.
He beat the odds by 1 in 913,000, according to the Powerball website.
“It was a good investment,” Sorzano told officials of his take-out order at a Chinese restaurant.
Sorzano tied four of the white balls and the Powerball in Saturday’s toss for $ 50,000. But he bought a $ 3 Power Play ticket, which meant that its price was multiplied by 10 to $ 500,000 when the 10X multiplier was drawn, according to the lottery.
He claimed his prize on Monday at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh, bringing in $ 353,751 after tax, officials said.
Sorzano, from Florida, said he is moving to Huntersville and will use the money to buy a new home.
“Incredible,” he said. “I’m just super happy that my dreams have come true.”
Sorzano was among three winning tickets purchased in North Carolina that matched four white balls and the Powerball in the drawing, officials help.
Someone purchased a $ 3 Power Play ticket valued at $ 500,000 through Online Play on the Lottery website., According to the Lottery.
And a $ 2 ticket valued at $ 50,000 was purchased at QuikTrip on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard in Kannapolis.
No one won Saturday’s Powerball jackpot, which rose to $ 90 million in annuity or $ 64.2 million in cash for Wednesday’s draw.
The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.