Two business colleagues in Sarasota chartered a private plane to fly Friday to Tallahassee with their winning Lotto ticket worth nearly $5.4-million. Hans Krisler and Jan Wilcox, partners in a real estate firm, will get $269,666.67 in 20 annual payments. Both plan to keep working. The two other winning tickets to last week's jackpot, sold in Jacksonville and Palatka, have not been presented for payment. Krisler is married and has four children, the youngest a son only a few months old. Ms. Wilcox has three grown children. Krisler said he'll spend his money on his children's educations, a boat, a new car for his wife, a dream vacation and some toys. Ms. Wilcox said she plans to invest her winnings.
FOUR CONVICTED IN PASCO CASE. A jury in Dade City convicted four Tampa men Friday on 54 of 56 charges relating to a home invasion and rape of a 2-year-old girl in August in east Pasco County. Donald L. Haynes, 18, and William D. Kazakoff Jr., 16, were found guilty on the 14 charges they faced _ sexual battery, armed burglary, kidnapping and grand theft. Both were minors when the crimes occurred but were tried as adults. Stephen Michael Gibson, 22, and Jacob Edward Doyle, 21, were acquitted of capital sexual battery charges, but each was found guilty of the remaining 13 charges. Gibson, Kazakoff and Doyle were ruled habitual offenders. As such, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison, prosecutors said. Haynes had no prior convictions, but with Friday's three first-degree felony convictions he could face life in prison.
MAN INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENT. A man was injured in a boating accident off Tierra Verde on Friday when he tried to push a boat off a sandbar, fire officials said. The man, whose name and age weren't available late Friday, jumped into the water behind the boat he was riding in, and the propeller cut one of his legs, Fire Lt. Steve N. LeCroy said. The boat had run aground about 4:10 p.m. behind Billy's Moorings restaurant at 1116 Pinellas Bayway. LeCroy said four people were on the boat when it ran aground. "Apparently the boat was still in gear, and the prop was spinning," LeCroy said. "The gentleman didn't hear the boat driver say it was still in gear." Fire officials said the man suffered a cut on one leg from the knee to the ankle. He was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. No further information was available late Friday.
INJURED ALLIGATOR FOUND WANDERING IN PINELLAS PARK. A slightly injured alligator was found early Friday morning wandering between a ditch and a fence in a mostly industrial area near Pinellas Park. Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy George Starkes was called to the scene at 7 a.m. to catch the alligator, which he said was 8 feet 2 inches long. The back of the animal's head was injured, Starkes said. Animal control officers took the alligator to be destroyed, he said.
BENEFIT SET FOR 6-YEAR-OLD LEUKEMIA PATIENT. Employees of the Big Apple Bistro in St. Petersburg are throwing a benefit Sunday for 6-year-old Michael Guilatiere, who has leukemia. The benefit will be from 3 to 10 p.m. at the bistro, 4000 Central Ave., and will include an auction of such items as stays at beach resorts and dinners. Area bands will perform, and Willie McClendon, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, will sign autographs.