WATCH: Woman Goes Hysterical After Getting P1 Million from Fortune Cookie

Was it pure luck or was it staged?

A woman got the sweetest surprise of her life after finding P1 million prize inside a fortune cookie served by Chinese restaurant Passion on January 24. The event was captured on video and was uploaded on YouTube by Resorts World Manila.

In the video, unassuming customers of the restaurant were all served fortune cookies. They were informed by the host that one fortune cookie contains P1 million prize.

Moments after the customers opened their fortune cookie, one woman was seen screaming and jumping out of her seat. Indeed, that woman was the luckiest customer inside the restaurant since her fortune cookie made her an instant millionaire.

The hysterical woman approached the host and showed her a piece of paper confirming that she got the highly-coveted prize.

The video, which has already gone viral, received mixed reactions from netizens.

While many commented that the whole thing was staged, a certain user who claimed to be a relative of the woman said her aunt deserves the fortune.

“Congratulations tita! You deserve this. She is not a wealthy person. Her wealth is the love of her family and friends. She was there because of my other aunt who likes to gamble and she is her “driver” and company as well. Because of this she will be able to pay her debts and start a new happy life this 2015. Just be happy for her coz she really deserve this fortune. ”

The Origin of Fortune Cookies

Unknown to many, the crisp cookie containing “fortune”, originated in the USA and not in China as many perceived.

A Chinese immigrant based in Los Angeles and founder of Hong Kong Noodle company claimed to have invented the fortune cookie in 1918. According to David Jung, he saw the need to create a cookie containing inspirational Bible scriptures to give out to poor people wandering near his shop.

Meanwhile, a Japanese immigrant from San Francisco also claimed to be the inventor of the cookie. Makoto Hagiwara, a gardener in Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, said  he made the cookie with a “Thank you” note inside in 1914. Hagiwara said it was his way of showing appreciation to the people who helped him in times of trouble.