Man wins $344.6 million Powerball with fortune cookie numbers

A man in North Carolina owes his winnings to the numbers in his fortune cookie.


NSFW    CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA — The answer is, 1 in 292.2million, but what's the question?

You guessed it, the odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 292.2million.

A fortune cookie helped smash those odds when a North Carolina man rejoiced after finding out he had won $344.6 million on a Powerball jackpot, which is the largest payout in the state's history.

According to USA Today, Charles W. Jackson, the 66-year-old prize winner had chosen his numbers from a fortune cookie his stepdaughter had given him a couple of years ago.

He called his wife to tell her about his winnings but admitted he didn't realize how much he had won or even if he had gotten all the numbers, she told him to, "check google".

CBS 17 reported Jackson saying, "After I hung up with her I jumped back in there and looked and I said, 'dang I got em all'".

After taxes, Jackson walks away with a cool $158 million.

He said he planned to donate money to charity, give $1 million to his brother, and take a trip to Vietnam.

Jackson continued, "I hope it don't change me a lot.... I'm going to try not to change my life. I'm still going to wear jeans. Maybe newer ones."
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