Retiree Wins $344 Million Powerball Jackpot After Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

  • The story of how a $344 million lottery jackpot winner might just trigger a spike in fortune cookie sales.
  • Charles W. Jackson Jr. came forward as the Powerball jackpot winner this week, revealing that he used the series of numbers from a fortune cookie his granddaughter brought him from a Vietnamese restaurant.
  • The retiree from North Carolina chose to take the lump sum of $223 million, which comes to $158 million after taxes, officials said.

A 66-year-old retiree from North Carolina came forward as the winner of the $344.6 million Powerball jackpot this week. He thanked his granddaughter for his fortune.