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03/22/2013 02:42 pm ET Updated Mar 22, 2013

Friends Honor Pact To Split Money After Fortune Cookie 'Predicts' Lottery Win (VIDEO)

You might want to start taking fortune cookies more seriously.

On Thursday, Georgia Lottery officials announced Thursday that three friends -- Kenneth Wilson and Sanford Watson of Macon, Ga., and James Scoles of North Pole, Alaska -- collected a $1 million Powerball prize. Days earlier, one of them had opened a fortune cookie predicting the lucky break.

"It said, 'You're going to win the lottery,'" Scoles, 56, explained in a news release.

Scoles opened the cookie on March 15 -- the same day that Wilson purchased his ticket from Macon's Jet Food Store on Highway 57, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

According to NBC, the group had made a pact promising to split the cash should one of them ever win the lottery.

On March 16, Wilson watched the drawing on television and then notified the others about the win.

"I was just as tickled for them as I was for myself," Wilson told NBC. "We just had a verbal agreement and I felt like that had to be honored."

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