Talk about a lucky break: Fortune cookie gives North Carolina man lottery numbers to win $4 million

This 2016 file photo shows Mega Millions lottery tickets near Burlington, North Carolina.

(CNN)Why do you think they're called fortune cookies?

After his weekly meal at a Chinese restaurant, a North Carolina man used the numbers in his fortune cookie to play the lottery.
And now he is $4 million richer.
      "I don't usually play my fortune cookie numbers but I tried them on a whim," said Gabriel Fierro, 60, of Cornelius, a disabled combat veteran who served 32 years in the Army, in a release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.
        Fierro and his wife had their weekly meal at Charlotte's Red Bowl restaurant. He then used the numbers to buy a Mega Millions ticket online and added $1 to make it a Megaplier ticket. So when he matched all five white balls on January 18 to win $1 million, it was quadrupled.
          His $4 million prize became the largest win in the history of Online Play in North Carolina, the lottery said.
          "I got an email in the morning and I just stared at it dumbfounded," Fierro said. "I took it and showed it to my wife and she thought it was an April Fool's joke or maybe a scam."
          Fierro received $2,840,401 after federal and state taxes.
          This isn't the first time the cookies have turned into fortunes for lottery players.
          In 2019, a Maryland man won $100,000 after his fortune cookie said it was his lucky day.
          In 2014, a New York woman won a $2 million prize using numbers from her fortune cookie.
            And in 2005, 110 people from around the country each won about $100,000 playing Powerball numbers from fortune cookies. Lottery officials found out the cookies all came from one location that makes 4 million of them a day.
            So ... where are you eating tonight?