Tuesday 16 January 2018

US punter scoops $312m jackpot

A New York lottery official has said the winning ticket for last week's Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $312m (€222m) was sold at a variety store in Albany, New York.

According to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is the sixth-highest in the game's history. The largest jackpot was $390m in March 2007.

Witherspoon weds Hollywood agent

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has tied the knot with her fiance.

A spokeswoman for the Academy Award winning actress said she wed Hollywood agent, Jim Toth, yesterday in Ojai, California, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Publicist Nicole Perna did not reveal details of the ceremony.

Strange events on set of spooky show

Sinead Keenan believes the set of supernatural drama 'Being Human' may be haunted.

The Irish actress, who plays a werewolf in the BBC Three show about a group of supernatural housemates, including vampires and ghosts, has claimed spooky things happen to the cast while filming, such as strange things turning out in photographs.

Mimic jailed for fraud on ex-wife

A man in Montana, the US, who mimicked his ex-wife's voice to open a credit account over the phone and order $4,000 (€2,800) worth of bedding and other items, has been jailed for a year and a day.

When his ex-wife checked her credit report and found accounts used to purchase a bed and a laptop, she contacted police, who found that the calls were recorded.

Drunk's teeth have less bite in court

A man who bit off part of a neighbour's ear in a drunken fight is facing a lighter jail term after a court in Oregan, US, ruled that teeth were not a dangerous weapon.

The decision overturned a first-degree assault conviction for 30-year-old Scott Russell Kuperus II.

Royal treat for former home cook

The royal wedding cake will be made by a businesswoman who has gone from kitchen-table baking to selling her creations to the country's best-known stores.

Fiona Cairns has been commissioned by Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton to create a multi-tiered, traditional fruit cake, lavishly decorated with a floral theme.

Irish Independent

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