The Odd Side – November 7, 2017

What Are the Odds? Woman Claims Two Lottery Prizes on Same Day

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – She knows how to pick a winner.

Local media report that Kimberly Morris of Wake Forest scratched off two North Carolina lottery tickets on Monday, winning $1 million on one of the tickets and $10,000 with another.

Morris thought things were going well when she bought a ticket at a grocery store Monday afternoon and scratched off the $10,000 prize. She went to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize.

On the way home, she stopped and bought another ticket, which turned out to be worth $1 million.

She chose to take the lump sum on the $1 million ticket, which was worth $417,012 after taxes.

Fishy Story: Headless 400-Pound Tuna Found In Woods

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Spotting a 400-pound tuna in the Massachusetts seaport of Gloucester, known as America’s oldest seaport, is not unusual. But finding a headless tuna in the woods is a bit odd.

State Environmental Police and federal fisheries regulators are trying to figure out who dumped the headless fish, which had to be hauled out of the trees by a tow truck.

Ally Rogers, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement, tells the Gloucester Daily Times that the fish was illegally harvested.

The tuna season runs from early June to November.

University Sets Record for People Dressed Like Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – A Ohio university has apparently set a world record for the number of people dressed in penguin costumes.

The Vindicator reports 972 Youngstown State University students, alumni and community members gathered on the school’s campus last weekend in their best penguin finery to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary as a university.

Youngstown State’s nickname is the Penguins.

Saturday’s waddle of faux birds apparently broke a mark recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records when 624 people dressed as penguins gathered at a children’s hospice in England in 2015.

One of the organizers of the event said half of the participants were school alumni.

Girl Goes on Mission to Find Owner of Missing $2

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. (AP) – A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military.

Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock on Wednesday and her mother, Alyssa, told the Daily Record that Isabella insisted on bringing the money to the police.

Pequannock police Capt. Christopher DePuyt said that police politely declined to take it since there was no way to prove ownership of such a small amount.

“Obviously, this young lady has outstanding parents,” DePuyt said. “Her honesty and integrity should be an inspiration to everyone.”

Isabella, 10, said that she didn’t feel right keeping the money because whoever lost it might need it more than she does.

“I know it was only $2, but I still wanted to do the right thing and be honest,” she said.

Alyssa King said that no one came forward to claim the money so they will donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military.

Detroit-Area Man Arrested With Doughnuts

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a suburban Detroit police station — with a dozen doughnuts for officers.

The sweet gesture didn’t help Michael Zaydel. He still was sentenced to 39 days in jail, a day after walking into the Redford Township police department.

Gregg says Zaydel was arrested when he appeared Monday with a bag of doughnuts and a bagel. He told station WXYZ that “cops like doughnuts,” and he wanted to reward them for any inconvenience.

Gregg got the bagel. Did other officers eat the doughnuts? The sergeant says: “No comment.”