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Man facing layoff wins $1 million lottery prize


facing layoff, Timing right for Lottery winner

Douglas Hockenberry may be out of work soon, but his bank account will be doing okay. Hockenberry, 54, of New Port Richey, won this week's Millionaire Raffle, a special weekly drawing by the Florida Lottery in which one person gets $1 million and 50 others get $1,000 apiece. "This couldn't have come at a better time for my wife and me," said Hockenberry, who recently learned he would be laid off at the end of December due to his employer downsizing. "I had to check the ticket multiple times to even believe what I was seeing. It's hard to believe that you can be in the depths of despair one week and a million-dollar winner the next." Hockenberry served 28 years in the U.S. Army before working eight years for his current employer, whom he did not name. He purchased his winning ticket at the Publix at 5127 U.S. 19. And while Hockenberry and his wife, Kathy, have put all the money in the bank, Hockenberry said he plans to spend some of it on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle he's been eyeing for about a year. There are two weekly drawings remaining in the 25th Anniversary Millionaire Raffle, plus a grand prize drawing on Dec. 31 in which the winner will get $2 million and 560 others will win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.


Reward offered in SunTrust robbery

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the man who robbed a SunTrust bank on Dec. 7. Zephyrhills police say the suspect, shown above in a photo from a surveillance camera, entered the bank at 7344 Gall Blvd. about 4:20 p.m., handed the teller a note saying he was armed and demanded cash. He received an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank. He is described as a white man, 28 to 35 years old, about 6-feet tall and 230 pounds, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and a beard and mustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and a beige cowboy hat. Tips may be left by calling 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), visiting or texting "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637(CRIMES). Crime Stoppers also has a "Tipsubmit Mobile" application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

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Man facing layoff wins $1 million lottery prize 12/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:43pm]
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