Fortune Cookies Net $175,000 - Story Here

It pays to eat Chinese. Three Virginians who had fortune cookies for dessert at Chinese restaurants they visited used the numbers they received to win $175,000 each in the July 27 Mega Millions drawing.

Sandra Howell of Moneta, Kiry Enn of Richmond and Raymond Sawyer of Chesapeake held three of seven tickets that were good for the second-place prize. The tickets matched the first five Mega Millions numbers, missing only the Mega Ball number.

It's the first time eating Chinese has paid off to that extent, according to a Virginia Lottery spokesman.

"We've heard of people using numbers from a fortune cookie, but never three big winners in one drawing," said John Hagerty, the spokesman...