Virginia Woman Wins Powerball Prize with Fortune Cookie Numbers

Breaking open a fortune cookie is usually a fun way to end a meal, but for one lucky woman in Virginia, the numbers inside turned out to be life-changing.

Fortune cookie provides winning Powerball numbers to lucky Virginia woman.

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The Virginia Lottery announced that Tierra Barley, a resident of the state, chose her Powerball numbers based on those from a fortune cookie. These numbers led to her winning $50,000 by matching four out of the five white balls and the red Powerball in the May 8 drawing.

The winning numbers on that day were 7, 41, 43, 44, 51, and the Powerball 5. Barley’s fortuitous choice of numbers allowed her to beat the 1 in 913,129 odds of matching four white balls and the Powerball.

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Winning Ticket Almost Forgotten in Store

Barley almost missed out on her prize. After buying her Powerball ticket at the Varina Superstore Supermarket on Darbytown Rd. in Henrico, she accidentally left it at the store before heading to the park with her daughter. Realizing her mistake, she rushed back to the store and found another lottery player who had picked up her ticket and kindly returned it to her. Henrico is located about 10 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia’s capital.

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Unclaimed $50,000 Prize in Viginia

In addition to Barley's win, Virginia Lottery officials reported that another $50,000 winning Powerball ticket remains unclaimed. This winning ticket was purchased at the Wawa located at 2390 Plank Road in Fredericksburg for the November 27, 2023, drawing.

The prize must be claimed by 5 pm today, May 28. If not claimed by this deadline, the ticket will become worthless. In Virginia, lottery tickets expire 180 days after the drawing. The unclaimed prize has generated a sense of urgency among local residents, reminding everyone to check their tickets and claim any winnings before it's too late.

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