MISSOURI - A man’s 18-year-old fortune cookie has finally proven itself lucky. Paul Winters of Lee’s Summit says he uses the “lucky numbers” on the back of a fortune cookie he received 18 years ago when purchasing his weekly Missouri Lottery Powerball ticket.
“I had to make an adjustment to my numbers when the Powerball game changed a few years ago,” laughed Winters, saying that his numbers have otherwise stayed the same for the past 18 years.
Winters explained that he typically goes to Hy-Vee Gas, 1201 SW Third St. in Lee’s Summit, each Saturday to check his previous week’s ticket for winners, and to purchase his multi-draw ticket for the next week’s Powerball drawings.
“The machine said ‘Claim at Lottery.’ I didn’t know what that meant, so I had the clerk check it,” recalled Winters.
His Powerball ticket for the July 4 drawing matched four out of five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to win a $50,000 prize. Those winning numbers were: 4, 7, 15, 41 and 44 with a Powerball of 10.
“I asked my wife how much she would want if I ever won the Powerball,” said Winters.
“I told him, ‘None. It’s your money,’” his wife, Briann, laughed. “After he told me he won $50,000, I wished I hadn’t said that.”
Joking aside, the couple plans to celebrate the win with dinner and use the $50,000 prize to pay off bills.