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  • The fortune cookie came from P. F. Chang's takeout. I took the fortune cookie and put it in my lunch as a little snack. On my lunch break I opened the cookie and read the fortune: You'll never know what you can do until you try. Well...I always save my fortunes. I just kept the fortune in the console of my car. Probably drove around for months with this fortune in the console. I really forgot about it.

    And then one day I was washing my car and came across this fortune. And on the fortune I read the word Ship with some lucky numbers. I interpreted this as lucky...for me...one day my ship will come in. And now I play these numbers every lotto game. The most these numbers have ever won is $95.00 in 2001, within the Florida Lotto.

    My dream is to win a big jackpot. I play other numbers but I play these as well. The numbers are 17, 18, 20, 39, 47, and 51. Again, with this fortune, you'll never know what you can do until you try.

    For me the fortune lasts. I can't remember exactly what food I got in the takeout, but I'm sure it was good. But, I hang onto these fortunes. They mean something to me. I've probably kept every fortune I ever got from my fortune cookies and I hope one day to have a fortune. And so I hope I can win my jackpot one day. It may be with these numbers. It may not. But I'll keep trying.

    And I think the message on the fortune is also very important because it's true. You really never know what you can do until you try, so if you have something that you want to do or to realize don't be afraid to take that first step towards the goal. You just have to try. You may fail, but you may succeed.

    (Picture location: Waterrock Knob Trail, NC)
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