Woman Wins $2 million in Powerball Drawing by Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

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A Bronx, New York Great-Grandmother felt lucky so she played her fortune cookie numbers during the February 1, 2014 drawing with a $193 million jackpot. While she didn’t win the entire jackpot, she did win $2 million with her fortune cookie numbers.

Emma Duvoll, 75-years old, and her sons grabbed some Chinese food at Sammy’s Noodle Shop & Grill in Greenwich Village on the way to a family visit in upstate Pine Bush.

With the cookies fortune in her pocket, she decided to purchase the winning lotto ticket at the Hannaford market on Ted Drive in upstate Pine Bush.

Duvoll says she’s heard about people winning from family birthdays and anniversaries which she’s tried, but has never tried the fortune cookie numbers.

“I heard about it once, a long time ago,” Duvoll told The Post. “You try anything once. And this time it worked!”

Her ticket matched the numbers — 5, 12, 15, 27 and 38 — but she missed out on the Powerball, 7. Matching five numbers wins $1 million, but because Duvoll chose the Power Play option, she increased her payout to $2 million.

“You check the numbers and check again, just to make sure,” she recalled. “You don’t believe it in the beginning. We didn’t tell anybody. I put it [the winning ticket] in a safe place.”

She will get a onetime lump-sum payment totaling $1,246,085 after required withholdings, the lottery said.

“I took some time contemplating what I will do with the money,” Duvall said Thursday in Manhattan. “I plan to invest most of it, and maybe take a trip to Switzerland to visit family.”

Duvoll was born in Switzerland and moved to the US with her husband Dwight, 86. They settled in the Bronx, where they owned a delicatessen and raised their two boys in an apartment in Fordham.

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