YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) — An Ypsilanti man won $351,180 by playing numbers from a fortune cookie.
He matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn Friday to win the big prize: 04-11-21-28-38. The winning ticket was bought at the Express Mart Party Shopp on Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti.
"I've been playing these numbers for a long time," said the 61-year-old player. "I don't remember when I got that fortune cookie, but I do remember thinking the numbers looked lucky, so I went with it.
"My daughter and granddaughter were over Saturday morning and we celebrated my granddaughter passing her driving test. After they left, I checked my ticket and got incredibly nervous when I saw I matched all five numbers. I had to convince everyone I was the winner because no one would believe me."
With his winnings, he plans to help family members, pay bills, take a trip and then save the remainder.
"I'm probably on the hook for a new car for my granddaughter. This is a lot of money and I've got to do the right thing with it," the player said.