Fortune cookie leads to Powerball win for New York woman

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email
Emma Duvoll, 75, of the Bronx, used the numbers printed on the back of her fortune slip as Powerball numbers for a ticket she purchased at a local gas station earlier this year.

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New York (ABC) -- A New York woman's decision to not throw away but instead focus on the numbers tucked inside her fortune cookie earned her a $2 million payday.

Emma Duvoll, 75, of the Bronx, used the numbers printed on the back of her fortune slip as Powerball numbers for a ticket she purchased at a local gas station earlier this year.

Five of those numbers matched the numbers drawn for the Feb. 1 Powerball drawing, earning Duvoll a $2 million payday.

"I was surprised but pleased," Duvoll told reporters Thursday in New York, as she received a check from The New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega and Jenny Garcia.

Duvoll, who did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's request for comment, got the fortune cookie following a meal at Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill in New York's Greenwich Village, according to The New York Daily News.

Duvoll is a retired deli owner and the mother of two children, grandmother-of-eight and great-grandmother-of-one, The Daily News reported.

She opted to collect her jackpot as a one-time, lump-sum payment, meaning she took home a grand total of $1,246,085, lottery officials said.

Duvoll told reporters at the news conference that she "took some time contemplating" what she would do with the money after discovering she had won the day after the drawing, but that she now has a plan.

"I plan to invest most of it and maybe take a trip to Switzerland to visit family," Duvoll said.


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