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Jan 26, 2006, 7:57 am

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Canada Super 7

Alberta's newest millionaire credits a Chinese fortune cookie for her good fortune.

Deedra Clay, a 40-year-old grocery clerk and mother of two from Barrhead, won $6 million in last Friday's Super 7 lottery.

She is one of two lottery players to share the $12 million jackpot. The other winner is from Ontario.

She got her winning numbers - 2, 4, 9, 15, 25, 38 and 45 - from a fortune cookie.

They were one of two lines of numbers she got from a fortune cookie that turned out to be a triple fortune. Not only did the cookie contain two printed fortunes instead of one, one of string of numbers ended up being worth $6 million to her.

She has been playing the same two sets of numbers since her birthday last March.

"My family took me out for a Chinese dinner to celebrate and I got a fortune cookie with two fortunes and two sets of lottery numbers," she said today at the Western Canada Lottery Corp.'s office in St. Albert. "I've been playing both sets of numbers ever since."

She bought her lucky ticket from Barrhead Fresen IGA. She's Barrhead's first Super 7 millionaire.

She plans to use the money to pay bills, buy a new car and add an "industrial style" kitchen to her home.

"I've always enjoyed cooking and I'm just one step below being a (certified) Red Seal Chef," she said.

The Journal's Ben Gelinas will have the full story on her good fortune in Thursday's Journal.

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