"Fortunate" Cookie Wins California Woman $421K

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    NBC 6 South Florida

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) - A cookie didn't just tell a Northern California woman's fortune, it won her one.
     
    The California Lottery said Sunday that Merces Goncalves used the numbers found inside a fortune cookie to win over $421,000 in the Mega Millions game. The cookie still wasn't quite as fortunate as it could have been.  She had Mega number 9 when the correct number 10 would have made the prize $240 million.

      The retired Goncalves says she and husband Alvaro Goncalves plan to take a Hawaiian honeymoon they meant to take 52 years ago.
     
    She bought the winning ticket at a liquor store in Los Gatos in Santa Clara County, where a $425 million Powerball ticket was sold last month a $324 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in December.
     

    In early March, a Bronx woman won the lottery by playing the numbers on the message inside a fortune cookie from a Chinese restaurant.
    Emma Duvoll, 75, won $2 million after five of her numbers from the notoriously sweet and crunchy treat matched the drawing Feb. 1, she said at a New York Lottery news conference.
    "I was surprised but pleased," Duvoll said.