The morning Odds & Ends
MADRID, Spain Tickets bought in a town whose name means Luck shared the top prize Wednesday in Spains El Gordo Christmas lottery, the biggest pot in the world.The winning coupon number known as El Gordo, or the Fat One was 54600 and was picked from the golden drums by school children who sang it out in a time-honored cadence.The Gordo uses a complex system of shared numbers that divides wealth among millions of people holding numbers that go from 00001 to 66,000. Complicating matters further, each of those 66,000 numbers is repeated 195 times with different serial numbers.All 195 tickets bearing this years winning number were sold in the Catalan town of Sort, whose name means luck in the northeastern regions language.The tickets, carrying a total of $2.8 million in prize money, were sold in the towns single lottery outlet, named the The Golden Witch.The standard coupon costs $28 and can earn its holder a maximum $280,000.Sort has sold many winning tickets over the years, including many of the top-prize tickets in last years Gordo. As a result, thousands of people from all over Spain flock each year to the town to try their luck.Billed as the worlds richest, the Dec. 22 lottery gives out $2.4 billion in winnings.The lottery, broadcast nationally, has Spaniards across the country glued to radio and TV sets for some three hours in the hope some of the wealth falls on them. An estimated three-quarters of the countrys population of just over 40 million take part in the lottery.
BECKLEY, W.Va. Jared Williams ruffled a few feathers while driving on Interstate 64.A wild turkey flew into the trucks windshield on Tuesday. Williams was traveling about 70 mph at the time, but managed to pull safely to the side of the road.It looked like someone stuffed the turkey in the windshield, said Dave Creager of Creager Automotive Repair Service. It didnt look real.Williams, 22, had been driving a company truck for Appalachian Laboratories during the collision, and endured turkey jokes from his co-workers the rest of the day.He has no interest in the birds remains minus one small piece.I only wanted a feather for my scrapbook, he said. I guess I have a good story to tell when Im an old man.
HONG KONG Some Fart Bomb toys are producing more than a bad smell.Officials are pulling the toys from shelves because the gag gift a metallic bag that gives off a stench produces a dangerous chemical reaction, the government said.Customs officers have seized 263 bags and are urging parents to hand in any of the unused toys to a consumer protection bureau, a government statement said Tuesday.The toy includes a silver-colored bag labeled Fart Bomb. The bag contains sulfur compound powder and an inner plastic bag of diluted acid, the government said.When players press the package to break the inner plastic bag, the sulfur compound powder will then come in contact with the acid, the statement said.The package will be inflated and then burst, giving off a disgusting smell, it said. The sulfur-acid mixture produces hydrogen sulfide, which can cause nausea, headaches and eye irritation, the government said.
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