While at dinner with his wife last week, William Johnson cracked open a fortune cookie to find a message inside that read: “You will soon come into a lot of gold.” The Southwick, MA resident took it as a lucky sign and the next day purchased a lottery ticket – a Massachusetts Millionaire Mania instant game from the Mass. State Lottery.
Johnson held onto the $10 ticket for several days before playing it. When he finally did scratch the ticket, he was thrilled to see that a lot of gold did indeed await him in the form of a $1 million prize.
Johnson selected the cash option on the prize and received a one-time, lump sum payment of $650,000 (less taxes). He and his wife plan to take their time in deciding what to do with the cash windfall, but are thinking that they may like to buy a lake house.