QUIRKY WORLD Dog gone it: Couple doubles up on €200k win

ENGLAND: A couple who were still in shock from winning nearly £150,000 (€200,000) on the EuroMillions have described how they burst into tears when their dog uncovered a second winning ticket for the same draw.

Jane and Alan Slater, of the Isle of Wight, had already started making plans for their future with their win after matching five numbers and the lucky star on the draw held on Tuesday, September 29.

A few days later, Jane, 59, had just taken her dogs, Ruby and Kai, for a walk and they were getting back into the car when Ruby disturbed the second winning ticket for another £150,000, which had been tucked into a catalogue and forgotten about.

The discovery of the second win, both of which were for the sum of £149,089.30, happened on Ruby’s second birthday.

Jane said: “We had a lovely walk on Monday [October 5] chatting about the amazing start to the week with our EuroMillions win and how lucky we had been. As we got back in the car to head home Ruby hopped onto the back seat with me and disturbed this piece of paper inside a catalogue which gently floated down to my feet.

“I really can’t explain the way this piece of paper floated, it was like you see in slow motion in films, as though someone wanted me to notice it. I immediately reached down and picked up the slip of paper which turned out to be a lottery ticket.

“I was convinced that Alan had taken the winning ticket to show some friends at work and I was livid he’d risked losing it. But poor Alan, trying to drive us safely home, kept repeating he hadn’t touched the ticket and it was still safely at home.

Snakey suspicion

SCOTLAND: A pet snake that was reported missing has been found at the owner’s home.

The 2.7m-long reptile, described as being ”the thickness of an arm”, disappeared in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

At the time, police said the snake was ”very docile” and not thought to be a danger to the public.

Officers have thanked the public for their help.

How dedicated are you?

USA: When Sarah Ray’s father and grandparents were in a car crash on the way to her wedding reception, the off-duty Tennessee paramedic rushed to the scene in her wedding dress.

“My dad called my husband and said there had been an accident,” Sarah Ray said. “All he told him was there had been a wreck, and the car was totalled. We didn’t know anything about injuries.”

Ray found her grandmother in an ambulance with injuries from the air bag and seat belt that were serious enough to send her to the hospital, but not life-threatening.

“One of the first things she said to me was sorry she ruined my wedding day,” Ray said. Ray assured her grandmother she had done no such thing.

As she walked back to the car in the drizzling rain, holding her wedding dress off the ground, ambulance and fire truck behind her, Ray’s mother snapped a photograph.

The photo was posted to the Montgomery County government’s Facebook page with the caption, “How dedicated are you to your job?” The caption briefly explains the circumstances of the photo and concludes, “Thank you, Sarah, for loving what you do!”

Pot grower counselling

USA: A New Hampshire police department that recently pulled up some marijuana plants has offered the pot grower counselling in a Facebook post.

Monday’s post on the Danbury Police Department’s site says if the pot grower gets home, goes for a walk in the woods, finds the summer’s “horticulture project” gone and wants to talk about it, he or she should call. “We will offer you some counselling to get through your loss.”

It says a business card was left.

Accompanying the Facebook post was a photo of marijuana plants on the hood of a police car.

Pilot made a fuel of

USA: A pilot crash-landed a small plane on an Idaho freeway during the morning rush hour after he ran out of petrol and forgot to switch to a back-up fuel tank.

The pilot, Jon Brinkerhoff, made the emergency landing of a 1970 single-engine Cessna just after 7am in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boise Airport, as motorists dialled 911. No injuries were reported during the incident.

Brinkerhoff was flying cargo from Washington state to Boise and was on his final approach to the airport in Idaho’s capital when he belly-landed the Cessna on the roadway.

State police said two right lanes of the eastbound interstate were blocked for two hours, during which time the plane was removed from the roadway.

The 30-year-old pilot from Westminster, Colorado, later told authorities he was unable to engage the landing gear when the aircraft experienced what he believed to be engine failure.

Early findings in an investigation under way by state police and the Federal Aviation Administration suggest Brinkerhoff neglected to tap a second fuel tank after the first one emptied.


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