Duvoll, 75, was dining at Sammy’s Noodle Shop & Grill in Greenwich Village when she opened a fortune cookie which revealed a set of numbers. Duvoll, who only plays the lottery once a month, decided to try her luck with the numbers and purchased a Powerball ticket from the Hannaford Pharmacy in Pine Bush, New York.
As luck would have it, it seems the fortune cookie managed to predict the future as Duvoll’s ticket ended up matching all five main numbers from the Powerball draw on February 1. Duvoll, who has eight grand-children and one great-grandchild, was at home when she checked the numbers and couldn’t believe her luck. Matching 5 numbers wins $1 million but as Duvoll opted for the Power Play, her win increased to $2 million.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Duvoll at the press conference yesterday. “I took some time contemplating what I will do with the money…I plan to invest most of it, and maybe take a trip to Switzerland to visit family.”
Duvoll opted to receive her prize in a cash lump sum which equates to $1.2 million after taxes.
Believe it or not, Duvoll isn’t the only US lottery player to attribute a win to a fortune cookie. In July 2013, Massachusetts resident William Johnson won $1 million on a scratch off after a fortune cookie predicted he would ‘come into a lot of gold.’
Moral of the story – don’t ignore your fortune cookie messages! If they happen to predict a big win or a lucky sequence, why not buy a lottery ticket? You never know when luck will be on your side.
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If you’re feeling lucky, turn your attention to tonight’s Mega Millions drawing as there is a jackpot worth $270 million up for grabs. There hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since January 3 so why not try your luck tonight? It could be you!