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Ms. Duncan said she discarded the ticket after an electronic scanner told her it was not a winner. The state’s Lottery Commission has defended the machine and says its equipment functions properly. The store’s manager and owner sued Ms. Jones, claiming she illegally took the ticket from the bin. Ms. Duncan joined the lawsuit after the judge determined she may be the true owner of the ticket.

Ms. Hughes ruled that the store’s owner and manager weren’t entitled to any of the winnings.

Attorneys for Ms. Duncan and Ms. Jones did not immediately return calls Thursday afternoon.

NEW MEXICO

Lightning-sparked wildfire destroys dozen homes

ALBUQUERQUE — Fire managers say a dozen homes and several outbuildings in a summer community in southwestern New Mexico have been destroyed by two lightning-sparked blazes that have merged.

A wind-whipped wildfire burned through the Willow Creek area Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday that the homes along with seven small outbuildings were destroyed. Seven Willow Creek residents evacuated earlier this week.

Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson said the community of Mogollon is under voluntary evacuation. Authorities said many structures are still at risk.

The 110-square-mile fire has tripled in size over the past three days, racing across more than 70,500 acres of steep, rugged terrain in the Gila National Forest. There is no containment.

CALIFORNIA

101-year-old man killed by 91-year-old driver

BURBANK — Even at 101 years old, Otto Jensen showed little sign of slowing down. The former boxer from Denmark still ran a photography studio and often could be seen crossing the street in front of it to get to a senior center he frequented.

On Tuesday night, while crossing that four-lane Burbank street, Jensen was struck and killed by a car driven by a 91-year-old woman.

Jensen was a well-known figure in his hometown, where he served as grand marshal of the city’s centennial parade last year. His death saddened the community just north of Los Angeles. A poster tied to a tree near the crash scene had photos of Jensen, including one taken in 1930 when he was a 19-year-old boxer nicknamed “Bonecrusher.” Another was dated last year, when he turned 100.

Someone left a quote attributed to Jensen and placed it among the photos on the tree.

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