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Powerball winner finds fortune in cookies

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Donald Allen of Brazil may be $100,000 richer, but he said he wants everyone to know the money isn't changing his family one bit.

"It hasn't changed us," Allen, 44, of Brazil, said about him and his wife, Angie. "One hundred thousand dollars sounds like a lot of money...but if you're not careful, it won't last long."

Allen bought the winning ticket March 28 at the Speedway gas station.

"We'd been buying tickets since before we got married," Allen said.

The couple would play the numbers of their favorite NASCAR drivers, but Allen said it just wasn't working for them. "We played them for over a year and a half."

Allen, a Great Dane employee on disability, suggested to his wife one day that they eat Chinese food for dinner.

Upon leaving the China's Best Buffet, Allen grabbed a handful of fortune cookies. One package randomly contained two cookies and the numbers he found inside the cookies gave him more good fortune than he could have expected. Allen said he called it a "gut instinct."

"Thank the Lord we got the money," Allen said citing the first thing the couple did with the money was tithe their church.

"This couldn't have come at a better time," he added.

After tithing, the Allens were able to pay off their home, purchase a 2000 Dodge Intrepid for Angie and begin investing the rest. He said they are currently debating financing a camper.

Following his success story Allen tells everyone he knows, "Don't forget to get your fortune cookies."

Allen said even after winning $100,000, he's still purchasing Powerball tickets just on the chance that he might win again.

"I bought tickets again today for tomorrow's drawing," he said Tuesday.

He said he plans for the remainder of his winnings to support his retirement because he said he's not optimistic with the way social security appears currently.

Regardless, Allen said he and his wife will always be the same people they've always been.

"We just want to live our life like we always did, go to church like we always did," Allen said.

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