May 12, 2016
Lottery Says Man Has Won $1 Million For A 2nd Time
New York (AP) A man has beaten the odds by winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time.
Lottery officials will be revealing the $1 million winner Wednesday on Long Island. They say the same Suffolk County man won $1 million in 2012.
The check presentation will be made at a gas station and convenience store in West Babylon.
Repeat winners are rare, but not unheard of, in New York and other places.
'Undie Run' Goes On Despite Pleas From CSU Officials
Fort Collins, CO (AP) Colorado State University students went ahead with Friday’s annual “Undie Run” despite opposition from university officials.
The event started as an end-of-semester clothing donation drive but has devolved over six years into a raucous gathering.
According to KMGH-TV, university police say there were no serious incidents as students ran about in their underwear. University official said in a campus-wide email that it will trash all clothing discarded in the event.
Texas School Fooled By
7-Year-Old's Fake Note
Houston (AP) A 7-year-old Houston girl managed to get out of an after-school program with a fake excuse note that she wrote herself, in large print with misspellings.
The girl’s father, Charlie Dahu (DAY’-hoo), told KTRK-TV that his daughter was wrong to write the note, but that it’s obvious it was written by a child.
The note says, “I want Rosabella to go too dus 131 today.”
With the note, Rosabella was able to take a bus home, rather than participating in an after-school program. But the girl couldn’t get into her house. She spent part of the afternoon outside, until asking a neighbor to let her use the bathroom.
The neighbor kept Rosabella until her father was located.
The Sheldon Independent School District says the incident is under investigation.
Alaska's Favorite Ice Guessing Game Has 44 Winning Tickets
Nenana, AK (AP) Alaska’s favorite guessing game didn’t appear to be too hard to predict this year.
There were a whopping 44 winners of the Nenana Ice Classic, evenly splitting the $300,000 jackpot. The annual game is a prediction of when the ice will go out on the Tanana River in Nenana. The tripod set up on the ice was tripped at 3:39 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on April 23.
Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness says each ticket holder will pocket $6,818. The winner’s names and where they purchased their tickets will be posted on the game’s website.
Forness said as far as she knows, all the winners were from Alaska.
The 44 winning tickets is a lot, but far from a record. Forness says there were 58 winning tickets in 1973.
Atheist Group's Anti-Ark Encounter Billboard Rejected
Williamstown, KY (AP) Two billboard companies have refused to display an advertisement by an atheist group to protest the Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky.
Tri-State Freethinkers president Jim Helton tells news outlets the group recently raised $10,000 for a billboard. The proposed design depicts Noah’s Ark with people drowning around it and the words, “Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths.” The advertisement has been turned down by billboard companies Lamar and Event Advertising and Promotions LLC. Helton says the group is considering erecting the billboard outside of Kentucky, if it can find a taker.
The Ark Encounter, a 510-foot wooden ship as described in the Old Testament, is under construction. It’s a product of Answers in Genesis, which also owns the Creation Museum. In March, Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham called the billboard campaign an attack on Christianity.
Alaska Moose Harmonizes With Home's Wind Chimes
Anchorage, AK (AP) Forget “Uptown Funk.” The Alaska wild is grooving to the smooth “moose-ic” of wind chimes.
Britta Schroeder shot video of a moose playing one-part harmony with the wind chimes on the porch of her rural cabin near Denali National Park and Preserve, and it’s quickly making its way across the Internet.
Schroeder heard the chimes around 10:30 p.m. May 4. She looked out the window of her home near Healy, Alaska, about 10 miles north of the park’s entrance, but it didn’t look windy.
The chimes continued to sound for two to three more minutes. Then she heard a thump on her porch.
“My dogs’ ears perked up,” she said. “I knew it was going to be an animal.”
Sure enough, there was a moose, rubbing its head against the wind chimes and gumming the glass disc pendulum that hangs down from the middle of the instrument. She opened the door of her cabin wide enough to get her cellphone through to shoot video but still keep her dog inside. As for the “moose-ical” interlude, Schroeder isn’t going to venture a guess as to what attracted the moose to the wind chimes. Apparently even moose live by the adage that it isn’t a party until something is broken. The animal probably left after it snapped the wooden base of the chimes in half, Schroeder said. A little glue made it good as new.