Retired trucker gets rich from fortune cookie

| 12/5/2005

William Meringola and his daughter are millionaires after Meringola, a retired trucker from Geneva, NY, used numbers from a fortune cookie to select his numbers on a lottery ticket.

The New York Lottery called Meringola’s six lucky numbers on Nov. 9 for a $13 million prize.

Meringola, 80, and his daughter, Christine Baker, 57, opted for a lump sum payment of $6.74 million – which they will split. They told lottery officials they intend to spend the money on family.