Have you ever felt cheated by a fortune cookie, that you weren’t getting a cookie that reveals something about your future? You’re not crazy. The website http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fortune-cookie-math/
analyzed 1,035 fortune cookies and found that just 22.3% of the “fortunes” in fortune cookies delivered an actual prediction of some kind. The rest gave words of wisdom about success, happiness, education, creativity, friends, etc. FiveThirtyEight also wanted to know if the lucky numbers on the back of those little slips of paper were any good. They took all the lucky numbers from the fortunes and compared them to the Powerball numbers stretching from November 1, 1997, to May 27, 2017, and calculated what the winnings would be a gambler bought one Powerball ticket for every single one of the allegedly lucky number combinations over all 2,043 drawings. They found this person would make $4.4 million on $4.2 million in ticket purchases.