QUIRKY WORLD ... Woman finds $470k lottery ticket while doing her taxes

USA: A New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth over $470,000 (€425,000) while preparing to file her taxes.

The state lottery announced that Yokasta Boyer, of Clifton, found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from a draw from last year and was able to file her claim about two weeks before the ticket expired.

Ms Boyer, who has a full-time and part-time job, says she had her brother verify the winning numbers after finding the ticket. She plans to pay off her debts and spend more time with family and friends.

Taking the bull by the horns


A 15-strong firefighter crew battled to rescue a bull which had been trapped in a ditch for two days on the Isle of Skye.

The stricken animal fell 3ft into a muddy storm drain while roaming on peatland. The one-tonne bull was eventually spotted by crofter Ian Duncan, who called on the fire service for help.

Firefighters from Portree, Broadford, and Dunvegan weighed in with pitchforks and spades, freeing the hungry animal after 20 minutes.

Wildcat hunt


Experts hunting for an escaped wildcat say they are confident the animal will be returned “soon”.

Flaviu the lynx was reported missing from Dartmoor Zoological Park near Plymouth in Devon, triggering a search operation involving a police helicopter and a drone.

The zoo, which remained closed yesterday as the search entered a second day, said there were “lots of great track sightings” overnight.

Updating followers on Twitter, a spokesman said: “Hoping Flaviu will enter one of our humane traps soon, tempted by the tasty meat & be home soon.”

Jungle garden


A pensioner has spurned run-of-the-mill gnomes and decorated his garden with two giant gorillas and a towering dinosaur, The Mirror reports.

Great-granddad Jake Pearson, 73, paid £600 (€700) for the 9ft-tall fibreglass raptor to stand alongside a pair of gorillas which he bought online for £2,000.

The giant animals have turned Jake’s home in Dudley, West Midlands, into a mini-tourist attraction. Children and neighbours often pose for photos with the animals with the pensioner asking them to donate to Cancer Research.

Scary stargazer


A surfing group is warning beach-goers to watch their step after a scary-looking fish was found lurking in the Virginia Beach sand.

The East Coast Surfing Championships wrote on their Facebook page that one of the company’s friends came across a northern stargazer fish while walking. The strange-looking fish has a speckled, flattened body and a large head.

Surfing officials say that while northern stargazers don’t pose any real threat to humans, their electric spines make them a serious predator.

‘Bad’ bells


Leonard Oats wowed the crowd with a bell-ringing rendition of Michael Jackson’s song ‘Bad’ and took home a giant trophy, a stack of cash, lots of Ghirardelli chocolate, and a fair amount of bragging rights for his effort.

The 53-year-old San Franciscan was crowned World Champion Bell Ringer at the 53rd annual event in Union Square.

“I love ringing the bell,” Oats said following his win. “That’s why I do it, for fun.”

But there’s more to it than fun. “You have to get a rhythm going. If you can’t get a rhythm going, it’s not going to be of much help.”


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