The Odd Side – March 14, 2017

No ‘Kid’-Ding: Man to Spend Lottery Win on House, Goat Room

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Charlotte man plans to spend his $1 million North Carolina lottery prize on a house with enough room for two goats.

Lottery officials tell the Charlotte Observer that over the weekend, Bobby Murphy bought five scratch-off lottery tickets at 7-Eleven and saw he won the top prize on the last ticket he scratched off.

Murphy claimed the prize Monday at lottery headquarters. He chose to take the prize in a $600,000 lump sum and received $417,009 after taxes.

There are three million-dollar prizes left.

Toledo, Ohio, Allows Golf Carts On Downtown Streets

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio city is going to allow golf carts and other low-speed vehicles on downtown streets and two residential neighborhoods.

Toledo’s city council approved the plan and, starting in April, drivers who are at least 16 and hold a valid license will be able to take golf carts onto Toledo’s streets.

Toledo has about 280,000 residents.

A few cities and several resort-type communities around Ohio already allow golf carts on city streets.

Under Ohio law, golf carts may be legal within specific parameters and with safety features added. They must be titled, licensed and insured like any other vehicle.

Galloping Moose Surprises Snowboarder on Colorado Run

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – A moose on the loose caught several skiers and snowboarders by surprise as it galloped headlong down a run at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado.

Cheri Luther was snowboarding Friday when she saw the moose approaching, and she shot video of the large animal coming within feet of her.

Luther, who kept snowboarding, is heard saying, “Oh my … I don’t know where to go” before screaming as the moose runs by her.

Resort officials say no one was hurt, and the encounter is a good reminder that skiers and snowboarders share the mountain with wildlife.

In late December, a rare lynx strolled nonchalantly across a resort in southwestern Colorado, walking through a crowd of skiers and snowboarders.

Thief With a Sweet Tooth Admits Robbing Same Store Three Times

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – It’s three strikes and take your seat — in a cell — for a thief with a sweet tooth.

New Jersey prosecutors say a Newark man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing the same 7-Eleven store three times in four days. Each time, Idris Allen grabbed candy from the store and brandished a knife.

About 14 hours after the last robbery in December 2015, Allen was captured after he went to the back of the store, took merchandise and left. The shift manager followed him and pointed him out to police.

Authorities say Allen was arrested across the street from a police precinct building.

Allen is expected to face seven years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.