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Man facing eviction finds lotto ticket worth millions

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 8:29 AM
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

A man and his wife, facing eviction from their home, found the discovery of a life time while cleaning out their kitchen.

Ricardo Cerezo of  Geneva told the Chicago Tribune that his family found a cookie jar full of old lottery tickets and instead of throwing them out, he took them to a 7-Eleven nearby to see if they were worth anything.

Cerezo said the first eight or nine tickets weren't winners, but they kept checking them.

"The following one was $3, so I was excited. I get to pay for my Pepsi. And then the last one said file a claim," he said, which meant it was worth at least $600.

As it turns out, one of the tickets was worth nearly $5 million.

Just three months earlier, Cerezo appeared at a foreclosure hearing where a judge gave him a few more months to find a new home before the family would be evicted.

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Loretta Lynn returns to the spotlight to induct Alan Jackson into Country Music Hall of Fame

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

Alan Jackson (L) is presented with a medallion by Loretta Lynn (R) onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Medallion Ceremony to celebrate 2017 hall of fame inductees Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed And Don Schlitz at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Alan Jackson (L) is presented with a medallion by Loretta Lynn (R) onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Medallion Ceremony to celebrate 2017 hall of fame inductees Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed And Don Schlitz at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum/Getty Images for Country Music H)

Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual Medallion Ceremony on Sunday. The honoree requested that country icon Loretta Lynn be the one to place the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion around his neck. Lynn suffered a stroke in May and has only made one public appearance since then.

When she walked onto the stage with a little help from fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait and her daughter, Patsy, the audience erupted into applause.

Lynn spoke slowly, but her thoughts were very clear as she explained why she made the effort to travel from her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, to Nashville for Jackson’s induction.

“This is the first time I’ve been out of the house. You’re the only thing that could have brought me here,” she said. “I love you, honey, and I want to say, ‘Congratulations.’ I am so proud of you.”

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Lynn also shared the story of her first conversation with Jackson after hearing him perform a few songs.

She recalled, “The first time I ever met Alan and seen Alan, he looked like a scared little boy. He was practicing backstage going through his songs. I remember, I looked at him and I said, ‘You’re gonna be one of the greatest singers in country music.’ He hasn’t let me down.”

Strait sang Jackson’s 2003 song “Remember When” for the honoree. Lee Ann Womack delivered Alan’s 1990 debut hit, “Here in the Real World,” and Alison Krauss performed another hit from Alan’s early years, 1991’s “Someday.”

Lynn joined Alan, George and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith to close out the ceremony with a singalong of the official anthem of the Hall of Fame, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Before the event, Rare Country caught up with Jackson and his wife, Denise, to see what he was thinking going into the big event. Alan told us he’d spent most of the day just watching football and watching his wife and three daughters get ready for the ceremony.

Jackson’s daughters have inspired several of his biggest hits, most notably 2002’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” We asked him what they thought of their father getting country music’s highest honor.

“They are all so proud,” Jackson said. “They all say how proud they are. They’ve always been that way about my music and been such a big part of it, influencing songs and everything. I’m so happy they were able to be here tonight to be a part of this.”

Jackson said it’s a little overwhelming to realize the plaque with his name on it will now hang in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s rotunda beside the plaques of other giants of country music.

He said, “A lot of ’em are heroes I’ve patterned myself after, or tried to. All the way from Hank Williams to, more recently, Don Williams that passed away. Everyone from George (Jones) and Merle (Haggard). Just so many people that have been a part of all this history. Especially when you look at how many are members here and how many that aren’t -- I feel so blessed and special to be included with these guys and girls.”

Others inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame include late country star and actor Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz, best known for writing Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Randy Travis’s “Forever and Ever, Amen” among scores of other major country hits.

What is the difference between a serial killer, spree killer and mass murderer? 

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

The Most Infamous Serial Killers in the U.S.

Police in Tampa, Florida, think they have a serial killer on their hands, after the shooting death of three people over an 11-day period in the same neighborhood, but do they?

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Federal authorities and criminologists actually classify people who kill more than one person into three different groups: serial killers, spree killers and mass murderers.

The dictionary defines a serial killer as “a person who kills more than one victim in more than one location in a very short period of time,” but according to the FBI that definition actually reflects the behavior of a spree killer. 

A spree killer is someone who kills two or more victims over a short period of time without a cooling-off period, the FBI said. At this point and with what we know about the case, it seems this description fits the killer in the Tampa shooting deaths better than serial killer.

Spree killers don’t resume their normal lives in between killings like serial killers do, according to Psychology Today.

“The maximum duration between murders in spree killing is generally considered to be seven days. Serial killers, on the other hand, may cool off for weeks, months and, in rare instances, even years between murders,” the magazine reported. 

The lack of a cooling-off period is the difference between a spree killer and a serial killer, the FBI said.

“This is very different than serial killers who are much more likely to stalk and target complete strangers who somehow fulfill deranged and secret fantasies that only they understand,” Psychology Today reported

The D.C. sniper case from 2002 is a good example of a spree killing when 10 people were killed over 23 days by two shooters.

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A mass murder is defined as the killing of a large number of people, usually in one place, like the attack in Las Vegas earlier this month when 58 people were shot to death from a window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

An actor portrays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer at Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House, at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on October 5, 2012.(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Someone paid $16,000 for a sketch by President Donald Trump

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

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Someone has a new presidential addition to his or her art collection and paid $16,000 for it: a sketch of the Empire State Building by President Donald Trump.

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Julien’s Auctions reports that a portion of proceeds from the hand-drawn work, created in “black marker” and signed by Trump (before he was president), will be donated to National Public Radio. It was an item in the auction house’s biannual “Street, Contemporary & Celebrity Art” event.

“The illustration was reportedly donated by Trump to a fund-raiser auction in the early 1990s as part of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival in Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump enjoyed a residence at what is now the Mar-A-Lago club,” according to information posted in the online auction brochure. “During this time the Empire State Building occupied a great deal of Trump’s attention as he was attempting a takeover of the iconic New York City landmark and eventually brokered a deal for the sale of the building.”

The item was “acquired from a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. estate” and had been anticipated to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000. Here it is:

Texas high schooler pulls off ‘superhuman’ volleyball play

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

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And they say we weren’t meant to fly. Much less while returning a volleyball crosscourt. 

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A senior at North Texas’ Decatur High School, Autumn Finney, is receiving a lot of attention after video of her completing an impressive volleyball return made the rounds online. 

Deadspin called the play “superhuman,” and Sports Illustrated tweeted out a clip of the return calling it “simply preposterous.” 

You can watch the feat from a few different angles below:

“This is a point that normal high schoolers should not be able to win,” Deadspin said.

What did Finney have to say of her save? She told Volleyball Mag, “I honestly don’t remember doing it.” Reportedly Finney is also a long jumper, something she thinks may have come in handy during the play.

“I remember I saw Mallory hit the ball, and then Tayte made a great dig and I was like, ‘I can’t let that go.’ That was such an effort and she was on the ground and I had to jump over her. And then I thought, ‘This ball has to go that way and I’m flying this way and how am I gonna do it?’”

Sounds like Finney was no less impressed by her feat than those who witnessed it.