- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 4, 2004

$290 million ticketsold in Massachusetts

LOWELL, Mass. — Whoever bought the winning ticket in the $290 million Mega Millions lottery drawing couldn’t have been much happier yesterday than the person who sold it.

Jay Patel, owner of Powers Liquors, was elated as he waited with everyone else to find out which one of his customers won the huge jackpot Friday in the drawing with the numbers 10-25-38-39-50 and Mega Ball 12.

A hand-lettered sign that read, “We sold $290 million’s jackpot here” hung in the window of the store Mr. Patel called “the luckiest Powers Liquors in the world right now.” Mr. Patel will receive $50,000 for selling the ticket. “There’s no word to describe it, but it feels good,” he said.

Mr. Patel said in the days before the drawing, he sold about 4,000 to 5,000 tickets from his store, located in a strip mall in a racially diverse section of this working class city 30 miles north of Boston.

Senator hurt in motorcycle crash

HELENA, Mont. — Sen. Max Baucus suffered minor injuries yesterday in a motorcycle crash, his spokesman said.

The Montana Democrat was going to a family picnic when he hit some gravel and lost control of his Harley-Davidson on a road near Lincoln, about 40 miles northwest of Helena, spokesman Barrett Kaiser said. Mr. Baucus swerved to miss a car and hit a guardrail, Mr. Kaiser said.

Mr. Kaiser said Mr. Baucus suffered cuts on his foot and leg and bruises and scrapes on his hands in the afternoon accident. Mr. Kaiser said the five-term senator had been wearing a helmet and a leather jacket, which helped minimize the injuries.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Cheryl Liedle said Mr. Baucus had not been drinking.

Mr. Baucus, 62, has been in Montana all week for the Senate’s Fourth of July recess and was scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow.

Korean War MIA identified by DNA

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The remains of a soldier missing 54 years have been identified by the military. Edmund “Teddy” Lilly III, 22, of Fayetteville died Sept. 3, 1950, in the one of the most violent battles of the Korean War, the battle of the Pusan Perimeter.

Lilly’s remains were identified from the nearly 1,000 soldiers buried in Hawaii’s Punchbowl Cemetery using DNA samples taken from his sisters. Fewer than five servicemen from the cemetery have been identified, according to the Pentagon’s POW/MIA Office.

“I think this gives us a very warm feeling to know a part of him will be back in Fayetteville,” said Tori Lilly MacMillan, Lilly’s younger sister. His remains will be buried in a family plot.

Bonsai bandit steals valuable trees

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bonsai bandit has struck again at the Des Moines Botanical Center and made off with three valuable miniature trees.

Someone apparently scaled the roof of the center overnight Thursday and dropped down into the courtyard to the bonsai exhibit, said Randy Beavers, assistant general manager of the Des Moines Water Works.

A prize 200-year-old bonsai worth $2,000 was taken, the Des Moines Register reported. Mr. Beavers said the other trees are worth $750 each. Bonsai artists dwarf and shape the potted plants by pruning them. The goal is to create a miniature plant with the shape and look of a grown tree.

Thieves have targeted the center’s bonsais before. Several trees disappeared in 1997 and 1998.

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