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Winner of $344 million NC lottery chose numbers based on fortune cookies

Charles W. Jackson Jr, 66, said he was out to lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant with his wife and his step-son’s daughter when he came across the auspicious numbers.

“We always give her the fortune cookies and I said, save the fortunes for me , so I can look at the numbers on the back of them. I want to play them,” Jackson told reporters.

Jackson, who plays the lottery regularly using the same numbers, said he had to Google the size of the jackpot when he discovered he had all of the winning numbers.

The retired owner of a military supply store at the Fort Bragg army base, said he called his wife and said, ‘You ain’t going to believe this, I got it all.”

While Jackson couldn’t immediately name something he would like to buy with his winnings, he said he plans to make donations to three charities – St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Wounded Warriors, a charity that helps injured soldiers.

“I said a little prayer and said…Lord if I ever win this thing, I’m going to give them each (each of the charities) a million dollars, so I am going to stick with what I said.”

(Production: Deborah Gembara)

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