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Man Wins Jackpot Lottery Thanks To A Very Special Fortune Cookie

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There's not a person in the world that doesn't want to get rich fast, and the easiest and most ethical way to do so is by winning the lottery - the jackpot lottery for that matter.  

Once you're in it to win it, there's no stopping you from stumbling upon those lucky numbers.  

Some people pray for a miracle, buy extra tickets, or just stick to their lucky numbers until one day the odds are in their favor.

For one Pennsylvania man, his dream of winning the lottery finally came true after using numbers from a very special fortune cookie.

Fortune cookie on money
The odds are stacked against you, but miracles do happen. Courtesy of Images Money

Ronnie Martin never thought his love for Chinese food would one day make him a millionaire, but that's exactly what happened.

Years ago, he cracked open a fortune cookie and liked the numbers that were printed on the page.

Instead of letting a computer decide his fate, Martin played those same numbers on that particular fortune cookie every day until it finally paid off.

Fortune cookies
A fortune could really be at arm's reach.Wikimedia Commons

A few days ago, those numbers turned out to be very special after all, after he matched all five numbers, aside from the Powerball.

According to ABC 7 News, Martin couldn't believe it when the gas station clerk told him he won the hefty prize.

"Alright, let's get the form out," he said with a sigh of relief after the clerk scanned the ticket.

Martin and his wife plan to use the prize money to pay off their house, debts, and the rest towards their savings.

This isn't the first time someone has won a big prize after playing the lotto with numbers from a fortune cookie.

Fortune cookie message
You never know until you try. Wikimedia Commons

A Virginia woman won $100,000 playing Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game after finding the winning numbers in a fortune cookie.

“[She] was dusting when she found a fortune cookie. She showed it to her husband and then decided to start playing the numbers from the cookie in the lottery,” the lottery spokesperson said, according to WTVR.

If you're wondering what the winning numbers were, here they are: 3-4-16-24-26.

It's crazy how a series of number printed on a page could change someone's life forever, but it's not stopping people from trying their luck.

Here are five tips that lottery winners have shared that may give you a great idea on how to get those life-changing numbers:

1. Buy more than one ticket

It takes only one ticket to win the lottery, but having several options at hand will improve your chances of winning.

2. Know the best times to buy

It's tempting to purchase tickets for popular games like the Mega Millions and Powerball draws, but there are statistically less chances of you winning.

To really play the odds, spend your money on unpopular games with low jackpots during their least popular times of the year.

3. Consider adding these numbers to your list

A statistics teacher at the Southern University in Lousiana found that the numbers 20, 37, 2, 31 and 35 were the most common ones drawn at the Powerball.

In terms of the bonus ball, 42 was found to be the most popular number drawn.

4. Play with friends

Although playing with friends means that you won't end up with all the winnings, at least you have a better chance of leaving with something.

5. Having lucky numbers is a good thing

If you've made it this far, you're clearly a die-hard lottery fan looking to hit the jackpot.

I'm sure that you've studied this game quite well and know that people get seriously lucky with the numbers they've chosen.

Trust yourself and believe that one day the stars will align and you'll be on the road to riches.

[H/T: Global News]

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.