Bill and April Richee, an aptly-named and absurdly lucky couple from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, claimed the Carolina Cash 5 jackpot on Monday, August 8, when they entered the drawing using the numbers from a fortune cookie.
The $260,278 jackpot, by the way, is their second such winning in four years, though last time, Bill picked numbers based on family birthdays.
“The funny thing is, the numbers I chose came from a fortune cookie I’d recently got from a Chinese restaurant,” April told Fox. “I’m not usually very lucky when I pick the numbers, so I have to give the credit to the cookie. I guess that scallion chicken brought me some good luck.”
The Richees’ most recent fortune also happens to be more than twice their first Carolina Cash 5 jackpot, which came to $117,416. The Richees plan to share 10 percent of their winnings with a friend who regularly plays the same game and had the good sense to pair up with the luck-struck pair. The friends have a promise to share their jackpot if they win, and Bill says he’s hopeful that “Maybe next time he can win and share with us.”