COOKIE CREATES SMALL FORTUNE
FOR $25,000 DELAWARE POWERBALL WINNER
DOVER, DE --Carlos Aquino, who
lives just one mile from Delaware in Boothwyn, PA, had fortune
smile on him last weekend when the numbers from a fortune
cookie landed him $25,000 minus $6,250 in federal taxes playing
POWERBALL with POWERPLAY.
"I always thought the numbers from fortune cookies were
good," said Aquino, 56. "Those fortune cookies work!"
"There are six numbers on each fortune from a fortune
cookie," Aquino explained. "So that's perfect for
POWERBALL with the POWERPLAY. " I think you should always
go for the POWERPLAY number because you just never know."
Aquino, a retired Philadelphia police sergeant, recalls that
he and four friends had lunch in Philadelphia's Chinatown
about four months ago and he collected everyone's fortune
from their cookies.
According to Aquino, he always plays at the Delaware Newsstand
in Carpenter Plaza on Naamans Road because there is usually
no line to buy tickets.
Aquino does all his shopping in Delaware, and gets The News
Journal delivered to his house to check his numbers and keep
up with Delaware news.
Aquino's sister Hilda called him at 6:30 a.m. last Sunday
concerned because she had not remembered to play the fortune
cookie numbers the night before. "Sometimes she plays
these same numbers," Aquino said. "She was all upset
because she didn't play the POWERBALL numbers so I tried to
calm her down with the news that I had played."
"I've been playing POWERBALL ever since it started but
I have to admit I was astonished when I told Hilda that one
of my POWERBALL ticket was a $25,000 winner," Aquino
explained. "I've won $2,500 with Delaware Lottery's PLAY
4, but adding an extra zero to my prize this time is fantastic.
I'm very excited because I'm getting ready to take my family
on a vacation to Puerto Rico so the timing is great."
Aquino said that he'll use some of the money for his Puerto
Rico vacation, spend some on his family members, pay a few
bills, put some of the money in the bank, and make a donation
to his church.
Aquino also said that he might return with his friends to
Chinatown in Philadelphia for another lunch and a fresh round
of fortune cookies.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery
has contributed more than
$1.8 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed
state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery
offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, LOTTO, PLAY 3,
PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.