Quirky World ... Rapid recovery for patient after $7m lottery ticket win

USA: A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7m (€6.4m) off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well-soon card.

Joseph Amorese, of Easton, got the ticket from his father, who lives in Congers, Rockland County, New York.

Amorese had just undergone hernia surgery. A few scratches later, he was feeling great.

“I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked,” said Ambrose. “I was — and still am — in complete disbelief.

“I had surgery so I didn’t jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down,” the beaming winner recalled.

He sent a photo of the ticket to his dad.

The 46-year-old Verizon employee then called his wife, Jodi, a social worker.

“I said: ‘Honey, I think we won $7m.’ And there was silence on the other end for a long time. She was too stunned to talk,” Amorese said.

Lottery officials presented Amorese with a ceremonial cheque at the dollar store in New City, New York, where the ticket was purchased.

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Marine mobility

ENGLAND: A person has been seen towing a boat behind a mobility scooter through a seaside town.

The incident was captured by Nigel Swinburne, a plasterer from Hartlepool, who could not believe his eyes as the person drove past him.

The scooter had a trailer attached to the back of it and a boat on top of the trailer.

Third time lucky

SCOTLAND: The UK’s only female giant panda, Tian Tian, has been artificially inseminated for a third time.

Edinburgh Zoo said the procedure took place before an attempt is made at natural mating with partner Yang Guang later.

Keepers have inseminated Tian Tian on two previous occasions but she has failed to produce a cub.

Team effort

USA: The New York Jets have helped a US high school student get a date for her prom.

Sarah Kardonsky, of Division Avenue High School in Levittown, New York, asked a friend, Michael Pagano, to go to their prom with a video which featured several Jets players, including Antonio Cromartie and Bilal Powell.

Wide receiver Chris Owusu even leans into the camera and whispers: “Say yes!” Kardonsky, who posted the video on her Facebook page, presented the video in class to cheers — and Pagano did say yes.

Down and out

ENGLAND: Retailers have been quick to respond to Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction by offering a discount on items such as dolls and Easter eggs.

Lidl led the way by dropping the price of its One Direction Easter egg from 99p to 79p, posting on its Facebook and Twitter feeds: “#Awkward – looks like we’ll just have to knock 1/5 off too. #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik #ByeZayn.”

Taaliah Nazar tweeted a picture of a Zayn doll reduced to clear to £1.25 at Tesco, writing: “Are there any @zaynmalik fans still out there? Seems he has made the bargain aisle in @Tesco – just £1.25 #awkward.”

Free rein

USA: A police horse carried out an unscheduled patrol through Cleveland in the US before officers recaptured it.

Police spokesman Sergent Ali Pillow said Jack, a horse with the department’s mounted unit, was tied up at Erie Street Cemetery when he broke free.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group said Jack galloped through Playhouse Square, then headed toward Lake Erie before police caught up with him.

Pillow said Jack stayed on the street during his escape but did not stop at red lights.


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