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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Two news items worth ONE MILLION DOLLARS! (and one worth $1)

$1 million winner in Mass. lottery on probation for bank robbery, not allowed to gamble

BOSTON (AP) - The winner of a $1 million lottery scratch ticket may not be so lucky after all: He's a convicted bank robber who isn't supposed to gamble.


Timothy Elliott faces a Dec. 7 court hearing over whether he violated his probation when he bought the $10 ticket for the $800 Million Spectacular game at a supermarket in Hyannis.

Elliott was placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty in October 2006 to unarmed robbery for a January 2006 heist at a bank on Cape Cod. Under terms of his probation, he "may not gamble, purchase lottery tickets or visit an establishment where gaming is conducted, including restaurants where Keno may be played."
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No. 2


This photo, supplied by the Aiken County, S.C., County Sheriff's Office, shows a fake $1 million bill, which a man tried to use to open an account in a Aiken, S.C, bank Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Alexander D. Smith, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of forgery after he walked into the bank and tried to open an account by depositing the fake $1 million bill, said an Aiken County Sheriff's spokesman.(AP Photo /Aiken County,S.C., Sheriff's Office)
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The AP found it necessary to say that the bill does not exist, because I guess there are people out there who would believe it.
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Which reminds me, I have a bridge to sell you (really):

SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. (AP) - The Kickapoo River bridge is a big structure with a small price tag: one buck.

Village officials fear the nearly century-old bridge, which hasn't hosted traffic in 31 years, will collapse into the river and want to get rid of it quickly. Village board member Vicki Campbell said they hope high scrap prices help attract a buyer who may want to sell the bridge's steel parts.
"With the steel prices what they are right now, we thought this was an opportune time to sell it," Campbell said.
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The kicker?

They previously tried a similar offer, Campbell said, but the buyer backed out.
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