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Israeli Hits New York Lottery Jackpot

An Israeli woman who immigrated 20 years ago to the United States won $12 million in the latest New York State lottery Saturday.

On Monday morning, Osnat Burdman arrived at the lottery office with her husband and her winning ticket, with the number combination of 18, 31, 24, 36, 45 and 47, to claim her share of the $24 million Lotto jackpot. As of Thursday the holder of the second winning ticket has not come forward.

Mrs. Burdman, 55, who is married to Dr. Mortimer Burdman, 69, said that she had purchased 60 tickets last Friday in a stationery store in Manhasset, N. Y. She said that she has always played the combination of numbers that won her the great prize, adding the number were a mixture of Hebrew letters, her husband’s birthday “and a few numbers I threw in at random.”

Mrs. Burdman, who has been working as a sales-clerk at her daughter’s boutique in Manhasset, lives with her surgeon husband in Albertson, N. Y. She has two daughters from a previous marriage, while her Brooklyn-born husband has one son. They have been married for 13 years. The couple said they plan to retire soon, “Probably tomorrow,” Dr. Rudman said with a smile.

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