Quirky World ... First-time syndicate scoops £300k

BEGINNERS’ LUCK
ENGLAND: A syndicate of six construction workers is celebrating after scooping more than £300,000 (€377,193) in the EuroMillions lottery the first time they played together. 

The group, who work in Glasgow and all live near each other in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, matched five numbers and one Lucky Star in last Tuesday’s draw.

The ‘Six of the Best’ syndicate members will each take a £55,527.90 share of the £333,167.40 win.

WEDDING CRASHER

USA: Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.

They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.

Police used dogs to try to track the man. They recovered the empty birdcage. The wedding crasher was seen on video surveillance cameras. Police have released screen grabs in the hope somebody might recognise him.

Drunken Santa zombie terrifies teen

USA: Police have cited a 21-year-old man they say entered a home drunk and dressed as a Santa Claus zombie, terrifying a 16-year-old girl who locked herself in a bathroom.

Police said the University of St Thomas student was cited for trespassing and taken to a detoxification centre. Police found him asleep in the house hours after a Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.

Neighbour and Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan said a 14-year-old boy fled from the house and called for help when he discovered the intruder. She says his 16-year-old sister locked herself in a bathroom to call their parents.

The teens’ father said that no one in his family “will ever think of Santa the same way”.

BOARD RECORD

ENGLAND: A snowboarder who has set a new world record after snowboarding for 24 hours has said he will celebrate by having a bath and drinking a beer.

Rich Millington, 31, completed 308 runs of an indoor real-snow slope at the Chill Factore, in Trafford, to claim a official Guinness World Record for greatest distance snowboarded indoors in 24 hours.

A crowd of supporters counted down from 10 and cheered as Millington snowboarded his final run and reached the bottom of the slope.

SELFIE CAM

ENGLAND: David Cameron has admitted he cannot refuse selfie snaps with voters, claiming it would be rude to turn down a request.

Explaining why he posed for the pictures, the prime minister said politicians were “in the business of trying to win people over”.

Appearing on ITV’s The Agenda, Cameron also said he expected a large turnout in next year’s general election because voters faced a “very big choice” between him and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

LEGGED IT

USA: A prosthetic leg reported stolen from a veteran in a wheelchair outside the Eagles-Giants football game in south Philadelphia was later recovered on a subway train, police said.

Sonny Forriest Jr, who is known for singing for fans outside Phillies and Eagles games, told officers that he had taken off his prosthetic leg during his performance.

He said he was packing up to leave when a woman in her 20s wearing Eagles gear who appeared intoxicated approached and took the leg.

FAIR NOT FAIR

FINLAND: Authorities in Finland have ordered the Beer and Whisky Expo Finland 2014 to change its name, arguing that it violates Finland’s law against advertising liquor.

Organisers say next week’s event will now be called simply a beer expo, since advertising mild alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine, is allowed.

Chief organiser Mikki Nyman said the decision “smacks of typical patronising attitudes” of bureaucrats.


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