110 lucky people won the same lottery on one lucky day in 2005. How, you may ask? The odds of winning are sometimes even tricky for ONE person to win. For two people to win the same lottery is even rarer. But what about 110 people? You may think it's impossible, but it happened.
How Did 110 Lucky People All Win the Same Lottery?
The odds of being hit by lightning for an average person living in India is 0.25 per million. The odds of winning this specific lottery are slightly lower. If the odds are so small, how did 110 people choose the same winning numbers? Was it fraud, an error, or was the system rigged?
Luck Smiled On Them
No fraud was involved; instead, it was all thanks to a simple pack of fortune cookies - the kind that are commonly distributed in Chinese American restaurants.
When the lottery results were drawn on March 30, 2005, lottery officials believed that massive fraud was taking place. While there was only one $13.8 million jackpot winner, a record-breaking 110 players claimed the second prize of $500,000 each.
After investigating this phenomenon, lottery officials found ZERO fraud and paid the winners their monies. What they did find, however, is that all winners had played the numbers 22, 28, 32, 33 and 39. These numbers had printed and inserted into fortune cookies produced by Wonton Food Inc. The company produces 4 million fortune cookies per day under different brands. That's how those lucky numbers ended up in the minds of so many people.
Not a lot of people chooses to play their fortune cookie numbers, or so we thought! But actually, many do. This was proven by the 110 lottery winners that decided to try their fortune cookie numbers, it was definitely their lucky numbers for the day. These winners had unknowingly conducted a social experiment on themselves.
Fun Fortune Cookie Facts
Fun Fact: Fortune cookies are NOT Chinese! The are Japanese and reinvented in San Francisco by a Japanese man.
In the 1800s, drawings were found in Japan i depicting wafer-like biscuits being baked on coals. When the dough is halfway through the "baking" process, a fortune and a set of lucky numbers were placed within them and folded over. The sweet smell of freshly baked cookies is difficult for anyone to resist and so street vendors did really well selling fortune cookies next to the road.
Fortune cookies are not frequently served in China, the West has definately bought into the idea more. Are you going to start easting some fortune cookies? Let us know what you think of this as a strategy.