3 longtime friends win $1M Powerball prize

Do you believe what a fortune cookie tells you?

Three new lottery winners certainly do. Saturday, the day of the drawing, one of them got a lucky message in his cookie.

“It said, ‘You’re going to win the lottery,’ ” James Scoles, 56, said in a news release.

Scoles, of North Pole, Alaska, flew in to meet his longtime friends, and they claimed their $1 million Powerball prize at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.

Scoles and his buddies Kenneth Wilson and Sanford Watson, both of Macon, matched the first five numbers with a Quik Pik ticket purchased at Jet Food Store on Ga. 57 in Macon.

The group made a pact years ago to share any large lottery winnings, the 59-year-old Wilson said. It was Wilson who watched the drawing on television and told the others about their win.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated to be $320 million to a single winner.

Wonder if the group has bought a ticket?