A winning streak
In West Virginia, luck runs in the millions
West Virginia lottery players are on a roll this year, with nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million sold in the state. While five other states have had more people win $1 million or more, West Virginia is No. 1 per capita, averaging one Powerball ticket worth $1 million for every 200,000 of its 1.8 million residents. "It's just a lucky streak that we're on that's amazing," said Randy Burnside, a spokesman for the West Virginia Lottery. "Hopefully we'll have a lot more this year." The odds of winning are the same anywhere Powerball is played. So far this year, there have been 161 Powerball tickets nationwide that have won $1 million, matching the first five numbers in the six-number game. After Saturday's drawing, only five states sold more of those $1 million-plus tickets than West Virginia, all with much larger populations: New York (19), Florida (17), California (13) and Pennsylvania and Texas (10), said executive director Chuck Strutt of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees Powerball.
A moose tale
Class disrupted by a surprise guest
Schoolchildren in western Sweden received a surprise visit during their handicraft class when a moose jumped through the window. The teacher and a dozen teenagers fled the classroom Monday to another part of the school in Molndal and locked themselves into a room to escape the thrashing animal, which had cut itself on the broken window. Police shot the moose after it couldn't find its way out of the school, the daily Aftonbladet reported.
Stepping on the gas
Unlicensed puppy means car in pond
After going for a walk, a German shepherd puppy owned by a Massachusetts man decided to go for a drive — straight into a pond. John Costello told WFXT-TV that his 12-week-old puppy, Rosie, was so excited Sunday after going for a walk at Bolivar Pond in Canton that she jumped in his running car, hit the gear stick and shifted into drive, before falling onto the gas pedal and sending the car careening into the water. A couple of passers-by saw the commotion and helped Costello rescue Rosie. Nobody was injured, but Costello said the Dodge Neon is a total loss.
$3 million worth
Step right up, shoes for sale
Police are investigating after finding $3 million worth of missing shoes at a central Kentucky home. Media outlets reported that officers with the Radcliff Police Department confiscated thousands of pairs of Nike shoes that were scattered in front of the home. According to a search warrant filed last week, the shoes were supposed to be shipped in 2009 from a Nike distribution center in Tennessee to another one in Texas but never made it. The women who were in possession of the shoes said they had purchased them from someone else and were selling them at a flea market. No arrests have been made.
Compiled from wire services