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A woman won a huge Powerball payout thanks to a very lucky fortune cookie


The lucky numbers in a fortune cookie won a New York woman $2 million in the New York Lottery.

A New York grandmother is now a millionaire, and she can thank a cookie for all her good fortune.

According to the Washington Times, 75-year-old Emma Duvoll, a retired deli owner from the Bronx, received a very lucky fortune cookie after having a meal at Sammy’s Noodle Shop and Grill in Greenwich Village in February. Where most of people would eat the cookie and toss the fortune, she figured she might as well use the lucky numbers at the bottom when she entered the New York Powerball Lottery.

The fortune proved far luckier than Duvoll's children's birthdates or any of the other combinations she had tried on previous occasions. Five of Duvoll’s lucky numbers were drawn, winning her a $2 million payout. She took the lump sum option, meaning after taxes she will get just over $1.2 million.

“I was surprised, but pleased,” she said.

Duvoll says she does not expect her sudden good fortune to change her life that much. She plans to invest most of the money, and probably use some for a trip to visit family in Switzerland.

If you take a poll of people who play online slots and other casino games, the odds are great that many of them believe in lucky numbers or other rituals they religiously follow every time they gamble. Much of the appeal of gambling is hitting winning streaks when it seems impossible to lose, and in many cases there's no better explanation than it was your lucky night once you place your bets, buy your lotto ticket, or spin the slots, whether you're a winner or not is completely up to fate.

As far as finding lucky numbers, getting lotto numbers from fortune cookies is one of the most common places where you'll find lucky numbers to use. Some people don't like this method as it's not very personal and seemingly random, but if you believe in the power of messages from fortune cookies there's no reason to ignore the numbers on the back if you're a lotto fan. If luck is simply the way of the universe rewarding you, why not deliver your good luck in a fortune cookie?

Other gamblers look elsewhere for their lucky numbers, with many cultures believing in the power of certain numbers. Western and Japanese cultures have long believed in the power of the number 7 to bring good luck, with the sinister number 13 bringing its own portion of bad fortune. Chinese culture has its own lucky numbers -- including 6, 8, and 9 -- but these are based on the fact that the word for the numbers sounds similar to other positive Chinese words, so it's more a case of good luck by association.

Other people take a more personal approach when it comes to finding their lucky daily pick 3 numbers, choosing instead to pick their own numbers based on important personal details such as the age of their children, birthdays, and other number-based events. Many will play the same set of numbers they've picked over and over and over, as it lets people personalize the process of picking their numbers and lets them feel like they have at least some small measure of control over their fate.


Leona Helmsley was born Lena Mindy Rosenthal [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] in Marbletown, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrants, Ida (née Popkin), a homemaker, and Morris Rosenthal, a hatmaker. [12] Her family moved to Brooklyn while she was still a girl, and moved six more times before settling in Manhattan. After dropping out of Abraham Lincoln High School to seek her fortune, [11] she changed her name several times over a short period – from Lee Roberts, Mindy Roberts, and Leni Roberts – before finally going by Leona Mindy Roberts [13] and having her surname legally changed to Roberts. [14]

Roberts' first husband was attorney Leo Panzirer, whom she divorced in 1952. Their only son was Jay (1940–1982), who had four children with his wife, Mimi. Jay died of heart failure at age 42. [15] Leona was twice married to and divorced from her second husband, garment industry executive Joseph Lubin. After a brief period at a sewing factory, she joined a New York real estate firm, where she eventually became vice-president.

Roberts was a chain smoker, consuming several packs a day. She would later claim that she appeared in billboard ads for Chesterfield cigarettes, but her claim remains unsubstantiated. [16]

In 1968, while Roberts was working as a condominium broker, she met and began her involvement with the then-married real estate entrepreneur Harry Helmsley. [17] Two years later, she joined one of Harry's brokerage firms—Brown Harris Stevens—as a senior vice-president. At that time, she was already a millionaire in her own right. Harry divorced his wife of 33 years and married Roberts on April 8, 1972. The marriage may well have saved her career, [18] as several of her tenants had sued her the year before for forcing them to buy condominiums. They won, and she was forced not only to compensate the tenants but to give them three-year leases. Her real estate license was also suspended, so she focused on running Harry's growing hotel empire. [19]

Supposedly under her influence, Harry began a program of conversion of apartment buildings into condos. He later concentrated on the hotel industry, building the Helmsley Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. Together, the Helmsleys built a New York real estate empire that included 230 Park Avenue, the Empire State Building, and the Tudor City apartment complex on the East Side, as well as Helmsley-Spear Inc., their management and leasing business. The couple also developed properties that included the Helmsley Palace Hotel, the New York Helmsley Hotel, the Park Lane Hotel, and hotels in Florida and other states. By the beginning of 1989, twenty-three hotels in the chain were directly controlled by Leona Helmsley. [19]

Helmsley was featured in an advertising campaign portraying her as a demanding "queen" who wanted nothing but the best for her guests. The slightest mistake was usually grounds for firing, and Helmsley was known to shout insults and obscenities at targeted employees just before they were fired. [18]

On March 31, 1982, Helmsley's only child, Jay Panzirer, died of a heart attack resulting from arrhythmia. [20] : 208 Her son's widow, who lived in a property that Helmsley owned, received an eviction notice shortly after his funeral. Helmsley successfully sued her son's estate for money and property that she claimed he had borrowed, and she was ultimately awarded $146,092. [20] : 212

Despite the Helmsleys' net worth totalling over $1 billion, they were known for disputing payments to contractors and vendors. In 1983, the Helmsleys bought Dunnellen Hall, a 21-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, to use as a weekend retreat. The property cost $11 million but the Helmsleys wanted to make it even more luxurious. The work included a $1 million dance floor, a silver clock and a mahogany card table. [16] The remodeling bills came to $8 million, which the Helmsleys were loath to pay. A group of contractors sued the Helmsleys for non-payment and the Helmsleys eventually paid off most of the debt owed to the contractors.

In 1985, during court proceedings in relation to the lawsuit, the contractors revealed that most of their work was being illegally billed to the Helmsleys' hotels as business expenses. The contractors sent a stack of the falsified invoices to the New York Post to prove that the Helmsleys were trying to avoid tax liabilities. The resulting Post story led to a federal criminal investigation. Jeremiah McCarthy, the Helmsleys' executive engineer, also alleged that Leona repeatedly demanded that he sign invoices to bill personal expenses to the Helmsley-Spear and, when McCarthy declined to do so, exploded with tyrannical outbursts, shouting, "You're not my fucking partner! You'll sign what I tell you to sign." [21] In 1988, then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani indicted the Helmsleys and two of their associates on several tax-related charges, as well as extortion. [13]

The trial was delayed until the summer of 1989 due to numerous motions by the Helmsleys' attorneys, most of them related to Harry's health. He had begun to appear feeble shortly after the beginning of his relationship with Leona years before and had recently suffered a stroke on top of a pre-existing heart condition. Ultimately, he was ruled mentally and physically unfit to stand trial and Leona would face the charges alone. [13]

At trial, a former Helmsley-Spear executive, Paul Ruffino, said that he refused to sign phony invoices billing the company for work done on the Connecticut mansion. Ruffino, originally employed to assist Harry through the Hospitality Management Services arm, said that Leona fired him on several occasions for refusing to sign the bills, only for Harry to usually tell him to ignore her and come back to work. Another one of the key witnesses was a former housekeeper at the Helmsley home, Elizabeth Baum, who recounted Leona telling her, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." [22] Leona denied saying this. By then, however, the trial was already highlighting her abusive and micromanaging behavior towards family members, employees, contractors and even senior executives. Former employees testified at trial "about how they feared her, with one recalling how she casually fired him while she was being fitted for a dress." [23] Most legal observers felt that Helmsley's hostile personality, arrogance, and "naked greed" alienated the jurors. [24]

On August 30, Helmsley was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, [25] three counts of tax evasion, [26] three counts of filing false personal tax returns, [27] sixteen counts of assisting in the filing of false corporate and partnership tax returns, [27] and ten counts of mail fraud. [28] [29] She was, however, acquitted of extortion—a charge that could potentially have sent her to prison for the rest of her life. Helmsley was instead sentenced to sixteen years in prison, which was eventually reduced when all but eight of the convictions were dropped. [13] Nonetheless, when it was clear that she was going to prison, Helmsley collapsed outside the courthouse. She was later diagnosed with a heart irregularity and hypertension. [30]

Helmsley's new lawyer, retained to appeal the judgment, was Alan Dershowitz. Following the appeal, which resulted in a reduced sentence, [31] she was ordered to report to prison on tax day, April 15, 1992. [32] She was released from custody on January 26, 1994, after serving nineteen months. [33]

Helmsley's later years were apparently spent in isolation, especially after Harry died in 1997. He left her his entire fortune, including the Helmsley hotels, the Helmsley Palace and the Empire State Building, estimated to be worth well in excess of $5 billion. Her few friends included Patrick Ward, Imelda Marcos, Rodrigo Handall, the Noriega family, and Kathy and Rick Hilton. [34] A 2001 Chicago Sun-Times article depicted her as estranged from her grandchildren and with few friends, living alone in a lavish apartment with her dog. [35] Helmsley was forced to give up control of her hotel empire, since most of her hotels had bars and New York does not allow convicted felons to hold alcohol licenses. She spent her final years at her penthouse atop the Park Lane Hotel.

In 2002, Helmsley was sued by Charles Bell, a former employee who alleged that he was discharged solely for being gay. A jury agreed and ordered Mrs. Helmsley to pay Bell $11,200,000 in damages. A judge subsequently reduced this amount to $554,000. [36]

Although Helmsley had a reputation as the "Queen of Mean", some considered her generous in her charitable contributions after her prison term. After the 9/11 attacks, Helmsley donated $5 million to help the families of New York City firefighters and police. [37] Other contributions included $25 million to New York–Presbyterian Hospital for medical research in 2006 through a charitable trust fund, [38] the donations eventually grew to $65 million to establish the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at the hospital in 2009. [39] [40]

Leona Helmsley died of congestive heart failure at the age of 87, on August 20, 2007, at Dunnellen Hall, her summer home in Greenwich, Connecticut. [11] Cardiovascular disease ran in her family, claiming the lives of her father, son and a sister. [41] After a week at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, she was entombed next to Harry Helmsley in a mausoleum constructed for $1.4 million [42] and set on ¾-acres in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Westchester County, New York. Among the few distinctive features of the mausoleum are three wall-embedded stained-glass windows, in the style of Louis Tiffany, showing the skyline of Manhattan. Leona Helmsley was known for not liking dirt and left $3 million for the 1,300 square foot Helmsley family mausoleum to be "washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year." [43]

Helmsley left the bulk of her estate—estimated at more than $4 billion—to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. [44] In addition to providing directly for her own dog in her will, [45] she left separate instructions that the trust, now valued at $5 to $8 billion, be used to benefit dogs. [46] The courts have ruled that the Trust is not legally bound to wishes separate from the Trust documents. [47]

The will left her Maltese dog, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund. This sum was subsequently reduced to $2 million as excessive to fulfill its purpose. Her choice was branded 3rd in Fortune magazine's "101 Dumbest Moments in Business" of 2007. [48] [49]

Trouble lived in Florida with Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, with several death threats having been received. [50] [51] Lekic, Trouble's caretaker, stated that $2 million would pay for the dog's maintenance for more than 10 years—the annual $100,000 for full-time security, $8,000 for grooming and $1,200 for food. Lekic was paid a $60,000 annual guardianship fee. [52] Trouble died at age twelve in December 2010, at which time the remainder of the funds reverted to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Although Helmsley's wishes were to have the dog interred with her in the mausoleum, New York state law prohibits interment of pets in human cemeteries and the dog was subsequently cremated. [53] [54]

Helmsley had four grandchildren. Two of them each received $5 million in trust and $5 million in cash, under the condition that they visit their father's grave site once each calendar year. Their signing a registration book would prove that they had visited the grave. [55] Her other two grandchildren, Craig and Meegan Panzirer, received nothing.

In a judgment (published on June 16, 2008), Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Renee Roth ruled that Helmsley was mentally unfit when she executed her will. Hence, the Court, amid settlement, reduced the $12 million trust fund for the pet Trouble to $2 million. Of the $10 million originally bequeathed to Trouble, $4 million was awarded to the Charitable Trust, and $6 million was awarded to Craig and Meegan Panzirer, who had been disinherited by the will. [56] The ruling requires the Panzirers to keep silent about their dispute with their grandmother and deliver to the court any documents they have about her.

She left $15 million for her brother Alvin Rosenthal. Helmsley also left $100,000 to her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea. [57]

Helmsley acquired the moniker "The Queen of Mean", reportedly inspired after an advertising campaign promoting her as the "Queen of the Palace" of the Helmsley Palace Hotel. [58] [59] Helmsley became known by this nickname in the mainstream press. [59] [60] [61]

Helmsley was known for "tyrannizing her employees". [62] Alan Dershowitz, while breakfasting with her at one of the Helmsley hotels, received a cup of tea with a tiny bit of water spilled on the saucer. Helmsley grabbed the cup from the waiter and smashed it on the floor, then told him to beg for his job. [63] In another account of Helmsley's behavior, she had a barbecue pit constructed for her home. [64] The work was performed by Eugene Brennan, a personal friend of Jeremiah McCarthy, the chief engineer of Helmsley-Spear. [64] When the final bill came to $13,000, she refused to pay, citing shoddy workmanship. [64] When McCarthy pleaded with her to honor the bill, citing the favor done on his behalf and informing her that Brennan had six children to support, Helmsley replied, "Why didn't he keep his pants on? Then he wouldn't need the money". [64]

In 1989, an unauthorized biography titled The Queen of Mean: The Unauthorized Biography of Leona Helmsley was published by Bantam Books (ISBN 978-0553285581). The 1990 TV movie Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean starred Suzanne Pleshette as Leona and Lloyd Bridges as Harry. [65] Pleshette was nominated for an Emmy Award [66] and a Golden Globe Award [67] for the portrayal.

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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  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 12 fortunes, cut into 1/2-inchx3-inch strips
  • 1 (10-oz.) package white chocolate melting wafers
  • Assorted sprinkles

Place a silicone baking mat on a rimmed baking sheet. Position oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract, and canola oil until frothy, about 1 minute.

In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir water into dry ingredients to form a thick paste. Add egg white mixture to flour mixture and whisk until very smooth.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter onto one side of the silicone baking mat, and use an offset spatula to spread batter into a 3 to 31/2-inch circle. Spoon a second tablespoon of batter onto other side of baking mat and repeat. Bake in preheated oven until fortune cookies are almost evenly golden brown and set, about 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and working quickly, use a large offset spatula to remove 1 cookie from baking mat. Place 1 fortune strip on cookie and fold in half, then gently pull the edges of the cookie down over the rim of a bowl or glass to form a fortune cookie shape. Place the cookie in a votive candle holder or mini muffin tin so it can hold its shape while it cools. Once set, (about 5 minutes), transfer cookies to a plate to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place white chocolate melting wafers in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power until melted, about 2 minutes, stirring chocolate every 30 seconds until smooth. Once melted, dip fortune cookies in chocolate or drizzle cookies with chocolate, then immediately decorate with sprinkles. Transfer cookies to parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let sit at room temperature until set, about 1 hour, or place in refrigerator to set more quickly. Cookies should set in refrigerator after 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.


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Grandpa Wins $344 Million Powerball Jackpot on Numbers from a Fortune Cookie

Charles W. Jackson Jr. has played Powerball and Mega Millions with the same numbers twice a week for more than two years—the numbers from a fortune cookie given to him by his granddaughter.

And on Tuesday, those numbers finally came through, granting the 66-year-old a staggering $344.6 million Powerball prize and making him the largest jackpot winner in North Carolina history.

"You play to win," Jackson, a retired Cumberland County business owner, said during a North Carolina Education Lottery news conference. "But you never really expect to win the whole dang pot."

What&aposs more, is that when he looked at his ticket for the first time on Tuesday morning—three days after the drawing—he didn&apost even realize what he was holding.

"I didn&apost see it all at first," Jackson recalled. "I thought I had only matched four of the five white balls. I thought that meant I had only won $50,000. I called my wife and told her, ‘I need to go to Raleigh. I won something!&apos"

It wasn&apost until he hung up the phone, that he realized he had won a lot more than $50,000.

"I decided to check again," said Jackson. "I saw the last number and thought, ‘I&aposve won the whole thing!&apos I didn&apost know how much I had won until I googled it. I couldn&apost believe it! I still can&apost believe it. I&aposm numb."

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The lucky grandpa reportedly opted for the lump sum payment, meaning he&aposll take home a whopping $223.3 million. He acknowledged that the after-tax winnings of $158 million is life-changing, though he doesn&apost expect it to change his life.

"It probably won&apost change much," Jackson said. "I mean, let me put it this way, I will still wear jeans. But I will probably buy some new ones!"

He also plans to donate a portion of his winnings to three charities

"I want to do something good," said Jackson. "I&aposm going to pay it forward and donate to St. Jude Hospital, the Wounded Warriors Project, and the Shriners. I always said I would if I ever won the lottery. So, I&aposm going to make due on that promise."

This Nurse Built A $1 Million Business Selling Baked Goods To New Moms

When Wendy Colson, RN, noticed that many women in her breastfeeding support group in Carlsbad, Calif., needed help keeping up their milk supply, she began baking nutritious bars for them, including a blend of lactation-supporting herbs such as moringa and fenugreek in her recipes.

The bars were so popular in the support group, which she named Milk & Cookies, that she began selling them—and soon had a 94% reorder rate.

With some of her fans in Milk & Cookies encouraging her to sell the bars to a larger market, Colson began toying with the idea but put it off. The veteran neonatal intensive care and post-partum care nurse is a busy mother of three girls ages 11 to 16 and, in addition to the pro bono support group, also founded Latching with Love, a private practice in San Diego to help new mothers with lactation.

After her mother passed away in 2014, Colson decided to commit to growing her nutrition bar business, Boobie Bar, investing $50,000 her parents had left to her.

“I decided I don’t want to live with any regrets,” she recalls.

Today, her fast-growing, one-woman business Boobie Bar brings in $1 million in annual revenue and is profitable. She is part of a fast-growing trend toward ultra-lean manufacturing, in which it is increasingly possible for an individual or small team to accomplish what it once took a much bigger company to do, thanks to the ability to automate and outsource certain processes.

Wendy Colson, founder and CEO of Boobie Bar

Colson’s success in breaking the $1 million revenue mark puts her in an elite group of solo manufacturers. The U.S. Census Bureau found there were 91 nonemployer manufacturing firms generating $1 million to $2.49 million in revenue in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics were available.

“It kind of happened accidentally,” she says. “Every time there is an open door, I’m one of those people who just walks through it.”

So how did she grow the business so quickly? One reason was that she professionalized her efforts early on.

Don’t try to do it all yourself. To make sure she could keep up with demand and meet commercial standards, Colson outsourced the manufacturing of what she named the Boobie Bar to a company called a co-packer in Los Angeles. A co-packer is a contracted firm that handles tasks like packaging food products for clients.

“You can’t sit around cooking if you are really going to drive this to $1 million,” Colson explains. “I knew what it took just to get out 100 bars to that weekly support group.”

Looking for the right partner could be helpful to the many nonemployer manufacturers who have hit six-figure revenues and are looking to scale. The U.S. Census Bureau found that in 2015, there were 29,982 nonemployer manufacturers generating $100,000 to $249,999 9,840 bringing in $250,000 to $499,999 and 4,530 with $500,000 to $999,999 in revenue.

Target a broad consumer base. In a business that caters to clients in a particular stage of life, such as new moms, there is always going to be some attrition as they move on to the next phase. That means owners need to give careful thought to building a strong customer base.

One way to do this is by making sure to tap into the largest possible group of customers who are in the phase of life where they will use a given product. Colson, for instance, made sure the Boobie Bar had widespread appeal among nutrition-conscious new moms, including those with dietary restrictions. The bars are vegan, Kosher, and gluten-free and don’t include common allergens such as dairy, eggs and soy. They also address common nutritional needs of new moms and, for instance, are rich in iron, notes Colson.

Get proof of concept. Colson put up a simple website to sell the bars in May 2015. “I didn’t have any marketing budget,” she recalls. Her daughters helped with office tasks.

Colson was not certain what the outcome of her investment would be, wondering if the early success of the bars was because the women in Milk & Cookies knew her and saw her every week.

To her surprise, sales took off by word of mouth, giving her evidence the bars would sell beyond her support group.

Keep trying to grow your platform. Looking for a way to build a sustainable business, Colson began reaching out to big box stores, letting them know about her success in selling the bars online.

Colson’s decision to invest early in polished packaging helped her on that front, allowing her to show the stores she was serious. “You can’t just walk in with your home-baked product in a brown paper bag,” she says.

In less than a year, Colson persuaded buybuy BABY and Babies “R” Us to carry her bars across the U.S. The product is now in about 700 retail stores, is slated to launch in Walmart on January 8 and is sold in birthing hospitals, as well. On Amazon, a package of six bars currently sells for $15.99 to $22.99, depending on the flavor.

Stay flexible. Colson has had to scale up her thinking as she has grown her company. “I’m learning business as I go,” she says. For instance, she tweaked her original home recipes so the bars have the necessary shelf life to sell in stores.

Colson finds the business has helped her work toward the same goal that inspired Milk & Cookies: Helping each woman in her orbit breastfeed for as long as she wishes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced for one year or longer. This can be challenging for some moms for reasons ranging from inhospitable work environments to trouble producing enough milk.

“If her goal was one year, and at 9 months she is worried about her milk supply--and eating one Boobie Bar a day helps her get to her goal, I feel like a million dollars,” says Colson.

Although growing the business has been an exciting adventure for Colson, it’s not without its challenges. One is cash flow—a common one for startups. Although Boobie Bar is profitable, Colson continually reinvests what she earns in the business.

“I don’t think there is a textbook on business that can prepare someone for all of the ups and downs that happen,” says Colson. Fortunately, she says, her husband’s paycheck covers the family’s bills, giving her the financial freedom to keep investing in growth.

Many people start one-person businesses with the idea of creating a job for themselves. Colson is a little different, in that her ultimate goal is to sell the startup she has begun to scale.

“I feel like there’s a parent company out there who can probably take the Boobie Bar to a level I couldn’t take it on my own,” she says.

If the day comes when someone acquires her firm, she says, she’ll happily return to her previous lifestyle, helping mothers one on one.

There are a few tips that you need to know to make successfully make your own custom fortune cookies. They are a little tricky to master at first, but with a little practice they are actually quite easy to make.

Tip #1: Print and Cut your Fortunes Before you Start Baking

Write out your fortunes and print and cut them before you even start making your batter. Once the cookie are cooked you have literal seconds to get the fortunes stuffed inside before they start setting.

I have made these for an anniversary before and made the message say “Happy Anniversary Lauren! I love you more and more each day. Lucky Numbers: 08-05-2019” with the lucky numbers being the wedding date. They were such a hit!

Tip #2: Make Sure Your Batter is Really Thin

When you spread the batter out on your baking sheet, it needs to be extremely thin. So thin you can almost see through it. This is what will make the cookies very crispy.

A word of warning, it is a bit tricky to spread out, but just stick with it and remember that the batter doesn’t need to be in a perfect circle.

Tip #3: Bake Two Cookies at a Time per Set of Hands

When the cookies come out of the oven you must immediately fold them within in the first 15-20 seconds. So I only bake two at a time unless I have another person helping, in which case I can bake four at a time.

Tip #4: Wear Gloves if Needed

You must fold the cookies immediately when they come out of the oven, this means they are HOT! My hands can handle a lot of heat, but if needed wear gloves so you don’t burn yourself.

Government pays "The Pioneer Woman" $2 million a year to use her massive estate

To her viewers, "The Pioneer Woman" is a relatable homemaker who can whip up a mean steak and also round up the cows they came from, but as it turns out, she also owns a giant chunk of Oklahoma.

Ree Drummond, 48, and her husband Ladd own a whopping 433,000 acres of the Sooner State, making them the 23rd largest landowners in the country, according to the Land Report 100.

Their profile on the list gives some backstory into the cattle family’s start:

In 2015, Drummond Land & Cattle Co. was inducted into the Sooner State's Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. The family helped write ranching history in Oklahoma. Clan patriarch Frederick Drummond (1864–1913) emigrated from Scotland and married Kansas native Addie Gentner. All three of their sons became successful cattle ranchers, and their descendants oversee hundreds of thousands of acres in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Their bovine enterprises keep money flowing in steadily, but they also have a giant tenant they rent to in the form of the U.S. government. Since 2006, the government has paid the Drummonds an average of $2 million a year to keep burros and wild horses on the estate, with the land going to "support animal protection," the Daily Mail reported.

Being an amazing property owner isn’t Drummond’s biggest claim to fame, however. She’s the well-known face of Food Network’s “The Pioneer Woman,” which she started in 2011 to feature her popular recipes.

New Pioneer Woman shows start this morning at 10 ET/9 CT. Headline: The Drummond kids are all nine feet tall now. Here's a preview clip!

— Ree Drummond (@thepioneerwoman) September 9, 2017

A sort of modern day Laura Ingalls Wilder, Drummond began blogging about life as a rancher's wife in 2006. After a year, she posted her first food tutorial on the best way to cook a steak, which was a hit with readers. By 2011, Drummond's food and lifestyle blog was seeing 23.3 million page views a month, reported the New Yorker. With the success of her blog, she created Tasty Kitchen to create a community for other home cooks to trade recipes and tips.

A blog and hit television show aren't the only things Drummond's had her hands in creating. She's also the author who's written several cookbooks, a love story chronicling how her relationship led her from almost becoming a Chicago lawyer to working on a ranch and a children's book series based on the family's late Basset Hound, Charlie. On top of that, she recently launched a magazine, which sold out its first issue.

"I think people are drawn to 'The Pioneer Woman,' not because I am some fascinating person, but because I present things that a lot of people can relate to," said Drummond said in an interview with The Associated Press at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, the restaurant and store she and her husband opened last October. "I'm not a chef, and I'm not an expert at anything. I'm just a mom and a wife," she said.

It's no wonder Drummond's life story may potentially be turned into a film — although she's a multimillionaire, Drummond remains homegrown and down to earth, and better still, her success isn't forced.

“If I had sat down and tried to plan an empire there’s no way, no way any of this would have happened,” she said.


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  • The message "Cookie factories involved in chocolate weather controversy!" could be a reference to the Tay Zonday hit "Chocolate Rain".
  • Orteil accidentally misspelled 'reindeer' as 'reindeers' at the release of the Christmas Update, hence the quote, "scholars debate regarding the plural of reindeer(s) in the midst of elven world war."
  • The quotes "If you could get some more cookies baked, that'd be great" and "So. About those TPS reports" are both references to the movie Office Space.
  • The quote "Your cookies bring all the boys to the yard." is a reference to the song "Milkshake" by Kelis.
  • Both quotes regarding the Business Day theme parks are references to the Rollercoaster Tycoon series.
  • The quote  ""I have seen the future," says time machine operator, "and I do not wish to go there again."" may refer to the Grandmapocalypse.
  • The quote "Strange twisting creatures amass around cookie factories, nibble at assembly lines" and "Ominous wrinkly monsters take massive bites out of cookie production 'This can't be hygienic', worries worker" are references to the Wrinklers that spawn during the Grandmapocalypse.
  • The quote "Your cookies are popular with your dog" could have been removed due to cookies having chocolate in them.
  • The quote "It's cookies all the way down!" is a reference to the popular saying "It's turtles all the way down!", possibly originating from Bertrand Russel attempting to convince an old woman that the world is not balanced on top of an infinite regression of turtles.
  • The quote "scientist predicts imminent cookie-related 'end of the world'" may be referring to the Grandmapocalypse.
  • Despite having a unique appearance on Business Day, Banks (Investments), Temples (Likes) and Wizard towers (Memes) do not give a news ticker message on Business Day in v2.0.
  • During Business Day season the Messages associated with the Cursor (Rolling Pin) only appear if you own more than one Grandma (Oven) because of a programming error.
  • The quote 'People all over the internet still scratching their heads over nonsensical reference : "Okay, but why an egg?"' may be a reference to the 'egg' upgrade found during Easter.
  • The phrase: ""Can't you sense the prism watching us?", rambles insane local man. "No idea what he's talking about", shrugs cookie magnate/government official." is possibly a reference to PRISM surveillance program.
  • The quote "News : drama unfolds at North Pole as rumors crop up around Rudolph's red nose "I may have an addiction or two", admits reindeer," is a reference to snorting cocaine or heroin.
  • The random nature of some headline templates allows for ridiculous headlines such as "News : all crayfish turned into crayfish in freak magic catastrophe!".
  • The headline template where your bakery name is interviewed by someone can have the host/hostess name be based off an actual host (i.e. David Letterman) but with the first letter of their first name and surname (if there is one) being replace with or coming after the letters "Bl". This naming scheme of these randomized hosts names may be a reference to the Youtube video "BLONIC " made by Joe Gran.
  • The message ""Ook", says interviewed orangutan." could be a reference to the Librarian in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. The Librarian was a human wizard turned into an orangutan due to a magical accident. He enjoyed his new form so much that he refused to let the other wizards turn him back. Although he could only say "Ook", a number of people claimed to understand him perfectly by the way he said it.
  • In the "Word of the day" section, "blags" and "wobsites" may be a reference to this webcomic.
  • The "average person bakes [Cookies Baked this Ascension/7.3Billion] cookies a year." ticker is a reference to the popular meme "Spiders Georg"
  • The rare headlines reading "You have been chosen. They will come soon," "They're coming soon. Maybe you should think twice about opening the door," and  "The end is near. Make preparations," are all based off of prank calls you can get in the first The Sims game.
  • In the code for the same rare headlines, where the 0.1% chance is located, there is a note that reads "apologies to Will Wright". Will Wright designed the original The Sims game, where half these headlines are from.
  • The message "nation cheers as legislators finally outlaw memes!" is likely a reference to the European Union's Article 13 that would effectively ban many memes.
  • The message "News : viral video 'Too Many Cookies' could be 'a grim commentary on the impending crisis our world is about to face', says famous economist," might be a reference to the Adult Swim dark comedy special Too Many Cooks.
  • Sometimes, you may get a headline that says, simply, "undefined". This can also occur if a corrupted/modified save file is imported.

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