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Posted: October 06, 2017

Man, 92, says fortune cookie foretold lottery win

Charles Svatos said a fortune cookie predicted his lottery win. (Photo: Iowa Lottery)
Charles Svatos said a fortune cookie predicted his lottery win. (Photo: Iowa Lottery)

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CLIVE, Iowa —

Charles “Chuck” Svatos bought a fortune cookie about a month ago when he was at a casino.

“You will discover an unexpected treasure,” the cookie’s message read.

A few weeks later, Svatos won the lottery.

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Svatos picked his own numbers and bought his tickets with a coffee at a convenience store like he does most Sundays. This time, the random numbers Svatos selected matched the first five of the Sept. 25 Lucky for Life drawing, which comes with a prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Svatos, 92, decided to get the lump sum payment of $390,000.

"It's hard to believe a fortune cookie,” Svatos said. “You can never believe them most of the time.”

Svatos still carries the fortune with him in his wallet.

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