Fortune cookie predicts lottery win for Southwick man

Instead of tossing out his fortune cookie’s message or taping it up on the wall for inspiration, William Johnson acted on it—and won $1 million.

The fortune said that Johnson “would soon come into a lot of gold,’’ so the Southwick resident bought himself a Massachusetts Millionaire Mania scratch-off lottery ticket, according to the Lottery.

William Johnson —Screenshot

After hanging onto it for a few days, Johnson finally scratched off the $1 million prize, which he chose to receive in a one-time, lump sum payment that came to $650,000 after taxes. Johnson said that he and his wife are still thinking about what to do with their newfound wealth, but are considering buying a lake house.


The Colonial News in the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, where Johnson purchased the $10 ticket, will receive a $10,000 commission on the sale.

There are still two $3-million and three $1-million prizes available in the Massachusetts Millionaire Mania game. You might want to start paying attention to your dessert if you want to cash in.

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