Fortune cookie’s advice leads man to $100,000 jackpot

A Maryland man said a piece of advice from a fortune cookie turned out to be prescient when he won a $100,000 lottery jackpot.

Diego Caceres, 25, of Riverdale, told Maryland Lottery officials he was eating lunch at a Chinese buffet with his brother, Domingo, when a fortune cookie informed him that it was his lucky day.

The brothers went to a 7-Eleven store in Riverdale a short time later and Diego, remembering the fortune cookie’s message, borrowed some money from his brother to buy a $10 Power 8s scratch-off ticket.

“I have to credit my brother. He loaned me the money,” Caceres said.

The ticket turned out to be a $100,000 top prize winner.

Buying a scratch-off was unusual for Diego. He has bought only one other Maryland Lottery instant ticket and it failed to give him a win. The Prince George’s County resident picked the Power 8s game partly because he considers 8 a lucky number and partly because it is the number of his favorite soccer player. Midfielder Ricardo Kaká’s jersey number was 8 when he played for São Paulo, Brazil and when he played for Real Madrid, Spain, Diego said.

The 25-year-old winner works as driver for a firm that shuttles construction workers from their homes to job sites and back. On the weekends, he and his brother also work in construction. Their plans for the prize will involve family and the brothers’ shared love of soccer. They may visit relatives in Argentina, Guatemala and Italy and add Spain to their journey. They also may spend some of the prize on tickets to soccer games in Milan and Madrid.

Diego anticipates no difficulties traveling because he is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He can also speak a little French. “We’ll live a little. We are young!” the lucky winner proclaimed.

Also a winner is the lucky 7-Eleven. For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off in the game, the Prince George’s County store located at 5415 Kenilworth Avenue earns a bonus of $1,000 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.

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