A Louisiana lottery winner says a cashier’s mistake made him hundreds of thousands of dollars richer than he should be.
Robert Thibodaux Sr., of Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Thursday claimed a $1 million Powerball prize at the state’s lottery headquarters, an amount five times greater than it would have been had a clerk not mistakenly upgraded his ticket, he said.
“I’m a lucky person – I won a lot of money. But this lady who sold me the ticket is a big part of this,” Thibodaux said Thursday at Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.
Thibodaux, 70, matched five numbers in the October 29 drawing but missed the Powerball number, Louisiana lottery officials said. Ordinarily, that would win a $200,000 prize.
But when he bought that and a second Powerball ticket at a Shop Rite in Thibodaux, a cashier mistakenly added the Power Play option to both, he said. That option, which cost Thibodaux $1 extra per ticket, multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.
Comments of the Day:
"And out goes the bottle of honey in my kitchen. Thanks, but I'm not eating sketchy food with a 1-in-3 shot of being smuggled in from China."–M.E.
"Imagine that, the Chinese doing something else illegal. Nice moral compass they have going over there."–Too Wang Dependant
At least one-third of all honey consumed in the U.S. was likely smuggled from China and could be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals, according to a Food Safety News investigation. Most honey samples from grocery stores and all from drugstores lacked any pollen, indicating the presence of other sweeteners or an ultra-filtration process that makes it impossible to source the product.
CNN.com readers discussed the benefits of buying local, raw honey - for taste, for health, and to support American farmers.
sbk said, "Another fine example of unregulated capitalism at work. Who says the free market will govern itself? You are naive if you think the free market cares about the well-being of its consumers."
Denise said, "I am so glad that they finally put out an article like this. I have been eating locally grown honey to keep me from getting symptoms of allergies for the last few years. Locally grown honey is the real stuff, and it tastes different and better than regular commercial honey."
[Updated 10:18 p.m. ET] Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was sentenced Thursday to life in military prison with eligibility for parole in 10 years after being found guilty of murdering three Afghan civilians, cutting pieces from their corpses to keep as "souvenirs" and planting weapons on them to make them appear as if they had been killed in legitimate firefights.
[Posted 6:10 p.m. ET] A U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of leading a rogue "kill squad"in Afghanistan was found guilty Thursday of all charges, including murder in the death of three Afghan civilians.
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs faces a maximum sentence of life in military prison. He was convicted in a military courtroom in Washington state of murdering Afghan villagers, planting weapons on them and cutting body parts off to keep as grisly war trophies..FULL STORY
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has called for an independent review looking into the handling of remains at the Air Force mortuary affairs operations at Dover Air Force Base.
Panetta's call comes after U.S. Air Force investigators found, according to the Office of Special Counsel, "serious misconduct" in the handling of remains of the nation's war dead at Dover.
A Pentagon official said this week that among the findings were several instances in which portions of remains from troops killed in action were lost or unaccounted for.
Panetta's move also comes after the Washington Post reported that the ashes of cremated body parts from some of the war dead were dumped in landfills until 2008, unbeknownst to their survivors.
The Internet and much of the nation Thursday was abuzz with talk of Penn State and the ouster of its legendary coach, Joe Paterno.
As fans, observers and pundits come to terms with the child sex abuse allegations in Happy Valley and Paterno's unceremonious firing, the head scratching has begun.
Social-networking sites and Internet forums were full of musings about Penn State, the coach, his legacy and the allegations, while TV's talking heads and radio piled on about the scandal. Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football, has faced withering criticism over his response to the child rape charges against ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
NPR's Michel Martin questioned a society that has stood idly by one time too many.
"Can I just tell you? It's easy to sit here and condemn these people, rage against them. And I will confess I've spent more than a few minutes composing in my head the insults I'd like to deliver to them all. If you've ever been victimized, is there anything worse than knowing that someone knew, that someone could have helped you, and didn't?" she asked.
Comment of the Morning:
"How can an entire lineup of candidates start at point zero and continue to dig themselves into a hole? They need to call in the anomaly scientists on this one."–JustTruth1
Responding to a question about working across the aisle with Democrats, Texas Gov. Rick Perry introduced his own agenda - cutting three federal agencies - and then blanked out on the third. Debate expert Todd Graham says his gaffe will do major damage to his presidential bid, reinforcing earlier bad impressions. Most CNN.com readers said the gaffe was less important than his policies.
thadea said "His policies, not his 'oops moment,' should have been his ruination." barbie1311 said, "I totally agree. I would never judge him based on that alone." TheRealist20 said, "Keeping this ignoramus out of the presidency is what really matters."
bardfast said, "Sorry Rick, but it’s not your 'oops' that has sunk you. You deny evolution. We deny your bid for the White House."
tmch4006 said, "I will vote for Obama, regardless of the GOP candidate that is selected. However, I do feel bad for Perry. I've had my moments where something I know very well slips beyond my ability to speak about. It simply means I've had a temporary brain fart. I always recover and hate the idea that people would think I'm dumb because of it. I doubt Perry is dumb ... ignorant, perhaps."
With feelings running high on campus after the firing of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and the university’s president, a debate is raging about where the focus should rest in the scandal.
The Happy Valley family is dealing with raw, conflicting emotions sparked by child rape allegations that threaten to shatter the reputation of a great football coach as well as the school’s image.
The expulsions of Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier capped another chapter in the fallout from charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
On Wednesday night, the man who had been at the helm of the iconic football program for 46 seasons was greeted by cheers befitting a father figure viewed as the face of the university.
Except this was no football celebration. It was like a farewell to an era as Paterno spoke to members of the crowd, who clutched phones and waved their arms in the air.
"What can I say, I'm no longer the coach," Paterno told about 15 students gathered outside his house late Wednesday. "It's going to take some time to get used to. It's been 61 years."
The crowd chanted that they loved Paterno. Some of the students, many of whom came to Penn State because of its storied football program, apparently weren’t sure how to cope with news of the famous coach's firing and the allegations of what happened.
Tom Bradley, Penn State's interim head coach, said Thursday he took the job to replace legendary coach Joe Paterno "with mixed emotions."
He said ousted coach Joe Paterno has "meant more to me than anybody except my father" and that Paterno had a "dynamic impact" on many and he was "proud" to work for him.
The interim head coach said he is grieving for the alleged victims of the purported sexual abuse and their families. He said the team's players are also thinking about the victims.
Bradley, during his first media availability since Joe Paterno was fired, said a lot of the players "are in shock, they have mixed emotions" over the sex abuse allegations.
"It's been very difficult to go through this, but I'm confident we will find a way to heal," he said.
Despite the massive media attention surrounding the team following the allegations, Bradley said he thinks his players will "be ready to play Saturday" when they face Nebraska.
Surfing is already considered an extreme sport, but these riders are taking it to a whole new level. Check out one surfer breaking the world record for riding the largest wave, and others who sought out some unusual surfing spots.
Surf’s way, way up – Surfer Garrett McNamara rode a behemoth wave that is believed to be 90 feet tall. He broke the world record for the largest wave ever ridden. He didn’t realize how big it was at the time, but he says, “by the grace of God I made it through." Watch this unbelievable swell.
Three Afghan policemen were killed Thursday in an attack on a government office in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province.
Five attackers wearing vests laden with explosives stormed into the Samkanai District administrator's office where a meeting of tribal elders was ongoing Thursday afternoon, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the Patkia province governor's office.
Three of the attackers blew themselves up at the entrance, Samoon said. The other two engaged in a fierce gun battle with Afghan security forces backed by NATO air support.
The shooting went on for an hour before the two attackers were killed, Samoon said. Two policemen were injured, among them the chief of police, he said.FULL STORY
Gunmen kidnapped Major League Baseball catcher Wilson Ramos from his family home in Venezuela Wednesday night, a spokeswoman for his Venezuelan team said on her Twitter account.
Ramos, who finished his rookie season with the Washington Nationals this year, was back in his home country playing for the Aragua Tigers in Venezuela's winter league.
The Nationals could not confirm the kidnapping, but published a statement citing Tiger's spokeswoman Kathe Vilera.FULL STORY
The morning after a debate gaffe that many political watchers say will go down in modern political history, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said his "brain freeze" shows that he is not "the slickest politician" among the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.
During the debate in Rochester, Michigan, Wednesday night, Perry said he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected president - but he was able to name only two of them.
That produced a painful period of more than 50 seconds during which he tried in vain to remember the third federal agency that he would eliminate. It ended only after Perry conceded that he could not remember it - even after appearing to consult his notes.
"Oops," he said.
Perry addressed the gaffe Thursday on CNN's "American Morning."
"I bet there are a lot of Americans out there that would like to forget some agencies of government too," Perry quipped, smiling through the interview.FULL STORY
Lucas Papademos, a former banker and European Central Bank vice president, has been named prime minister of Greece, the Greek president's office said Thursday.
Papademos was one of several political leaders meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulia with the goal of forming a new government.
Prime Minister George Papandreou's office had said he would resign Wednesday, but that move was delayed until Thursday.
In a televised address to the nation, Papandreou said that a government of national unity would do whatever was necessary to bring Greece out of its economic crisis.
The country will be stronger and more secure after it implements a controversial European bailout deal that was agreed to last month, he said.
Greece wants the international community to see that it knows how to be united in the face of difficulty, he added. "A new season is opening," he said, adding that he wished the new government success.
Papandreou met Wednesday night with President Papoulias, but did not offer his resignation.
The prime minister said this week he was optimistic about the formation of a new government amid thorny discussions.
– CNN's Elinda Labropoulou and Andrew Carey in Athens contributed to this report.FULL STORY
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Today's programming highlights...
10:00 am ET - Herman Cain in Michigan - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is looking to move on from the sexual harassment scandal that has dogged his campaign. He speaks to voters in Ypsilanti, Michigan.