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Bronx Powerball Winner Finds Lucky Numbers In Fortune Cookie

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Now that's lucky.

A 75-year-old Bronx woman is crediting a fortune cookie for her $2 million Powerball win.

Emma Duvoll, 75, told 1010 WINS her son bought Chinese food in Manhattan and when they got home "we opened the cookie and the numbers looked attractive so we played them."

"I used to play other numbers and I never won anything so these looked just as good as any other," Duvoll explained.

The strategy sure paid off.

Five of those numbers matched the winning numbers in the Feb. 1 Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was purchased on Ted Drive in Pine Bush.

"I was surprised, but pleased," said Duvoll after checking her numbers the day after the drawing.

Duvoll will receive a lump sum payment of $1,246,085 after taxes.

She said she plans to invest most of the money and is thinking of taking a trip to Switzerland to visit family.

Duvoll is one of four New Yorkers to recently win big playing the lottery.

Syeda Akther, 34, of the Bronx won $5 million after her husband bought her a Set for Life scratch-off ticket, Joseph Brown, 60, of Brooklyn won $1 million in the Feb. 8 Powerball drawing, and Karen Axt, 53, of Manhattan won $1 million in the Feb. 15 Powerball game.

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