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April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern Californian invoked the "luck of the Jedi" on Tuesday when he came forward to claim the $425.3-million Powerball jackpot he won after playing the lottery for 20 years. Wearing a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have," retiree B. Raymond Buxton came forward to officially claim his prize, telling officials he purposely chose April Fools' Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. His cash option will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes.
October 2, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Amy Bishop wants another day in court -- even though her last outing resulted in a sentence of life in prison. To be exact, Bishop, a former University of Alabama-Huntsville professor, wants to go on trial in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, Seth, 18, in Massachusetts. Last month, Bishop was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a 2010 shooting rampage at the University of Alabama that left three of her colleagues dead. Officials had said last week that, given the Alabama sentence, going forward with the Massachusetts charges didn't make sense.
Gordon Jensen gets bird-dogged by Wall Street types every week, and the calls from long-lost friends and relatives with hard-luck stories are still coming. As far as SuperLotto winners go, Jensen is a small fry. He won a measly $6.5 million two years ago. It's nothing, he says, compared to the $40.6-million lump sum jackpot awaiting the purchaser of a winning ticket bought Wednesday at an Anaheim convenience store. "Whew!
December 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
His name is Matthew Good, he's from Fountain Hills, Ariz., and as of last week he's got $192 million. He didn't want you to know any of that, though, and now, yet another lottery winner is learning there's rarely such a thing as secret wealth. After the intense hype over who would win Powerball's record $587.5-million jackpot, Good chose anonymity once he realized he'd bought one of the two winning tickets. Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery, previously told the Los Angeles Times that the man wanted to keep working and keep his old lifestyle, but Hatch-Miller added, “He realizes this win will change that.” That may be so. As expected, Good's name was revealed to the public after records requests from the media, which are legally allowed to obtain winners' names in most states.
December 16, 2006
Re "A loan that'll get ugly fast," Column One, Dec. 11 Payment-option mortgage loans are the worst recipe for disaster since the Iraq war. Apparently people are misusing them like colossal revolving charge accounts. On any loan, you pay interest every month on what you owe. At some point in the future you have to come up with the money for both principal and interest and even collection expenses, if you're late -- and you are not supposed to assume that you eventually will be a lottery winner.
After nearly a year of trying, Sherman Oaks accountant Ralph Laird has parlayed his 10-number computerized Lotto strategy into $27.58 million, becoming the largest single lottery winner in California history. In addition, of his 26 entries, Laird had six in which he picked five of the six winning numbers, which could earn him $16,354 more if the numbers are confirmed by lottery officials.
December 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
California aerospace engineer Ryan Kraft was driving to work on PCH when he heard the news. Friends texted him about the shooting in Newtown, Conn., remembering that Kraft had grown up there and attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. Kraft, now 25 and living in Hermosa Beach, later learned the shooter was a boy who went to his high school, a boy he baby-sat: Adam Lanza. PHOTOS: Shooting at Connecticut school “All I could think was: There must be something I can do other than say how terrible this is,” Kraft told the Los Angeles Times.  So the same day, Kraft set out to start the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund . He got some legal advice about how to set up the fund first, he said, because “I was concerned about its legitimacy.” He settled on the website Crowdrise . “Alright,” he posted as the site debuted, “Let's get started doing a little bit of good today for those who need it.” FULL COVERAGE: Shooting at Connecticut school Word spread, with the help of celebrity tweets from Crowdrise creator Edward Norton , users Seth Rogen and Alicia Keys . Donations came from across the country and overseas - Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and India, he said, more than 1,300 donations.
March 9, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Really, dude? That's the likely reaction to what appears to be the latest entry in the Annals of the Criminally Stupid. First, we must stress that Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla., has only been accused -- not convicted -- of the following: He allegedly stole from a Florida state judge and then posted the evidence on Facebook. In other words, if Felony Stupidity were a crime, the penalty for this would be life in prison with no shot at parole. Here's what happened, according to Doreen Christensen, our colleague at the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
January 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Urooj Khan, the Chicago lottery winner who likely died of cyanide poisoning,  has been buried for a second time, but it could be a long time before the mystery around his death is put to rest. Khan, 46, was reburied Monday afternoon following his exhumation Friday morning. He died in July, weeks after winning $1 million in the Illinois lottery. Officials reclassified his death as a homicide after a blood sample showed cyanide. Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina's office conducted an autopsy on Khan on Friday to take hair, fingernail and organ samples from his remains.
October 2, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - Authorities are still trying to determine what happened to a farmer near Riverton, Ore., who apparently was eaten by his hogs. Whether the animals attacked him or he collapsed inside the pen is unknown. Terry Vance Garner, 69, was raising several hogs weighing up to 700 pounds. His remains were found last week in the hog enclosure at his farm, but authorities have not been able to determine a cause of death. “All we know is he died some way, and the pigs ate him. Most of him,” Garner's brother, Michael Garner, told the Los Angeles Times.
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