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Man played fortune cookie numbers for years — and won $1 million, NJ lottery says

Ronnie Martin, of Long Pond, Pennsylvania, won $1 million from New Jersey Mega Millions tickets playing numbers he found years ago in a fortune cookie, according to the lottery.
Ronnie Martin, of Long Pond, Pennsylvania, won $1 million from New Jersey Mega Millions tickets playing numbers he found years ago in a fortune cookie, according to the lottery. New Jersey Lottery

Years ago, a Pennsylvania man cracked open a fortune cookie and found a string of numbers that he liked — and since then, he’s been playing those same numbers.

But it wasn’t until this year that Ronnie Martin’s commitment to the numbers paid off.

Martin stopped at a gas station in New Jersey on his way to work on July 24, and asked for three Mega Millions tickets — choosing his own numbers — on the night of a $543 million jackpot drawing, according to a press release from the New Jersey Lottery.

Martin dropped by the gas station a day later to scan his tickets, but the scanner told him to “see clerk.” The clerk, who knew Martin was a regular at the store, instantly realized it was good news for Martin.

“You’ve got the million dollar ticket!” the clerk said.

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Martin wasn’t convinced, and made the clerk scan the ticket.

The clerk showed Martin the display, which revealed it was in fact that $1 million ticket. Martin finally realized he’d won.

Martin and his wife, Shirley, plan to use the $1 million prize to cover bills and pay off their house, according to the news release. The rest they plan to put into savings.

A resident of Long Pond, Pennsylvania, Martin bought the ticket at U.S. Gas in Hope, a township in Warren County, New Jersey. He routinely stopped to pick up lottery tickets on his way to work, the New Jersey Lottery said.

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