Fortunate Cookie Wins California Woman $421K

LOS GATOS (AP) — A cookie didn’t just tell a Northern California woman’s fortune, it won her one.

The California Lottery said Sunday that Merces Goncalves used the numbers found inside a fortune cookie to win over $421,000 in the Mega Millions game. The cookie still wasn’t quite as fortunate as it could have been — she had Mega number 9 when the correct number 10 would have made the prize $240 million.

The retired Goncalves says she and husband Alvaro Goncalves plan to take a Hawaiian honeymoon they meant to take 52 years ago.

She bought the winning ticket at a liquor store in Los Gatos in Santa Clara County, where a $425 million Powerball ticket was sold last month a $324 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in December.

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